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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.

Grade Level: Middle School, High School, College
Subject: English Language Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology

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How Does the World Look? Questioning Maps

Students analyze different world map projections to identify point of view or bias in maps.

Grade Level: Upper Elementary, Middle School
Subject: General Media And Information Literacy, Global Studies, English Language Instruction

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Ageism in Advertising: Promoting or Countering Stereotypes?

Students analyze television commercials for messages about stereotypes and counter-stereotypes of elders.

Grade Level: Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Subject: English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Economics, Sociology

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Striking a Chord: Using Media to Protest the Critical Issues of Our Time

Protests have played a critical role in our country’s history – and they provide important opportunities for media literacy, both in terms of analyzing the way media have covered different types of protests and in the use of media by protestors to get their messages across.

Pride and Protest

With June designated as LGBTQ Pride Month, the analysis of media messages about gender and sexual identities is particularly relevant – including lessons in the unit on Gay Liberation in the curriculum kit, "Media Constructions of Social Justice."

It’s Different This Time

In a deeply personal blog post, Project Look Sharp’s Executive Director reflects on the roles that media have played in bringing us face-to-face with racial violence and police brutality, and how her own lived experience as a media literacy educator in a family of color have made a difference.

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