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Recycling: What’s the Problem?

Students analyze a commercial and clips from documentaries for messages about recycling, its attraction to consumers and industry and its limitations.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Documentary Film, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Rachel Aronson


Greta Meets Malala: How Different Media Forms Present the News

In this media literacy activity students analyze media reports on the meeting between Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai. In addition to learning about the two young activists, students reflect on the qualities of different media forms including news and opinion articles, a tweet and posts on Instagram and Facebook.

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Journalism, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Opinion, News - Print, Photograph, Social Media
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Carbon Sequestration: Solutions to Climate Change

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about the effectiveness of different carbon sequestration solutions in reversing the impacts of greenhouse gas releases on climate change.

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Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Time Magazine’s Person of the Year – How Selections Change Over Time

In this media literacy activity students compare Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” covers from 1965-1969 and 2015-2019 for messages about historical context in judgments of who is important across a half century.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


COVID-19 & Climate Change: Graphing the Connection

In this media literacy activity students analyze online graphs and text for messages about the connections between the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

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Health, Math, Journalism, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Blog Post, Chart/graph, Informational Text, News - Print, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Food Waste: What’s the Problem? What’s the Solution?

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about the problems and potential solutions related to global food waste and climate change.

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Health, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Animated Film, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Meat or Veggies? The Impact of Diet on Climate

In this media literacy activity students analyze a documentary film and a television news report for messages about how plant-based and meat-based diets impact climate change.

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Health, Journalism, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Documentary Film, Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


What’s in My Lunchbox?

In this media literacy activity students analyze a book cover, a lunchbox, a YouTube screen grab and a webpage for messages about eating fruits and vegetables.

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Health, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Economics


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Webpage
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry


Climate: What Can We Change?

In this media literacy activity students analyze children’s videos for messages about the impacts of climate change and what people can do to help.

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Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Animated Film, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Environmental Justice – For Whom, How and Why?

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about impacts and potential remedies for environmental justice.

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Health, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Climate Disaster: Young People Act

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos of young climate activists for messages about the forms and effectiveness of climate disaster protest.

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Student Media Production, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Speech, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Huracán María: El Impacto de la Inmigración Puertorriqueña en Florida

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity for Spanish language classes in which students analyze three short excerpts of online newspaper articles about the economic impacts on Florida resulting from the influx of Puerto Rican climate refugees following Hurricane Maria. The student handouts are in Spanish language only, while the Teacher Guide is provided in both English and Spanish.

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Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology, Spanish Language Instruction


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, News - Print
Pdf
Sox Sperry and Olivia Gellar


Refrigeration Management: A Global Solution to Reverse Global Warming

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode three videos for the impact of refrigeration gases on climate change.

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Film/Video Arts, Consumer Education, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Family Planning: Why it Matters

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze three short video clips for messages about the needs for and impacts of family planning.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Merging Social Justice with Environmentalism

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of the environmental justice movement beginning in the late 20th century.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ASSESSMENT, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Apocalyptic Weather Systems in Movies: Science Fact or Science Fiction

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze a brief clip from the feature film, "The Day After Tomorrow" and a science blog post for conflicting perspectives on the potential impacts of extreme weather events related to global climate change.

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Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, Feature Film, Webpage, Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sherry Altman And Bonnie Quackenbush


Community Responses to Climate Disaster Recovery

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze an opinion piece and the executive summary of a governmental report for conflicting perspectives on effective climate disaster recovery efforts.

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Journalism, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Individual, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text
Pdf
Lucas Burdick


Transition to Renewable Energy Now

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from a documentary film for the impacts of solar energy technologies on urban China and rural Zambia.

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Film/Video Arts, Music, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Documentary Film
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


The Urgency of Climate Action

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze videos by Desmond Tutu and Al Gore for conflicting perspectives on the urgent need to take action to respond to climate change.

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Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video, Documentary Film, Web Video, Documentary Film
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Black Lives Matter and Climate Change: What's the Connection?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a news article and an opinion piece about the connections between the Black Lives Matter movement and climate change for issues related to social and scientific content and geographical context.

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Health, Journalism, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Opinion, News - Print
Pdf
Sox Sperry