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Media, Politics and the Supreme Court

In this media literacy activity students analyze newspaper articles about the Supreme Court confirmation process for Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993 and for Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 for messages about how political decisions influencing Supreme Court confirmation processes have changed with different historical contexts.

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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Peace or Liberty?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of antiwar movements during World War One.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Cartoon, Illustration, Informational Text, Poster, Webpage
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Portraits of War

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on military service during World War One.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

For Peace or Against Oppression?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of antiwar movements during the World War Two period.

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Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Cartoon, Illustration, Informational Text, Poster
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Legacy

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using excerpts from four songs to reflect on the impact and meaning of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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English Language Arts, Music, US History And Government


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp3, Mp4
Sox Sperry

The Great Patriotic War

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using posters to teach about the Soviet Union during World War Two.

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Visual Arts, Global Studies


High School
Whole Class

POWERPOINT, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT, TEACHER GUIDE
Poster
Ppt, Pdf
Chris Sperry

To Kill or Not To Kill

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on military service during World War Two.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

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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English Language Arts, Journalism, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, Facebook Post, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Tweet
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Twitter and Lies: How They Snowball

In this media literacy activity students analyze an excerpt from a research study published in a scientific journal and a news article about the study in an online magazine for messages about the spread of lies on Twitter and the differences in writing for different target audiences.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Informational Text, Magazine Article, Tweet
Pdf
Sox Sperry

World War One Through Posters

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing messages about economics in World War One posters.

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Health, Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Global Studies, Economics


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Poster
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry & Cyndy Kramer