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Raptors in the Media

Students analyze a book cover, a magazine cover, a tweet, a poster, a website and a YouTube screen shot for messages about media forms, osprey, eagles and condors and environmental concerns.

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Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Informational Text, Magazine, Photograph, Poster, Social Media, Web Video
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Butterflies in the Media

Students analyze a magazine cover, a T-shirt, a book cover, a webpage, a button and a comic for messages about butterflies, endangered species and media forms.

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Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Informational Text, Magazine, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Dolphins in the Media

Students analyze a book cover, a magazine cover, a tweet, a poster, a cartoon, a toy and an advertisement for messages about media forms, dolphins and environmental concerns.

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Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Cartoon, Magazine, Poster, Social Media
Pdf, Pptx
Lori Wiley And Sox Sperry


GMOs: Bias and Credibility in Media Messages

Students analyze three web videos from corporate, academic and activist sources for messages about genetically modified organisms, techniques used to sway the viewer, and questions about credibility and one’s own confirmation biases.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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


Bottled Water?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students watch short video clips with English narration and text to analyze authorship, purpose and target audience and to discuss environmental issues related to bottled water.

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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, LESSON PLAN, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video, Documentary Film, Television Commercial, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, F.G.


Panamanian Fauna: Who’s Telling the Story and Why?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze videos about Panama’s native animals for messages about species conservation and the source and purpose of each video.

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Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, LESSON PLAN, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Television Commercial, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, FG


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


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


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


Palm Oil: To Buy or Not to Buy?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze a commercial, a public service announcement and a short animation for conflicting perspectives on the impact of palm oil production

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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


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

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


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


Environmental Injustice At Work

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to compare musical forms carrying messages about environmental justice in the workplace.

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Music, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, AUDIO
Radio, News - Radio
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Case Study: From Witness to Action

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to teach about strategies activists have taken to remedy environmental injustice.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry