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African and Free – Maroon Resistance in the Americas

Students analyze videos produced by and about people of the African diaspora in the Americas for messages about representations of their peoples' freedom, resistance, and ties to Africa.

Grade Level: Middle School, High School, College
Subject: Film/Video Arts, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts

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Indigenous Representations of Cultural Pride and Resilience

Students analyze videos produced by Native Americans (Inuit, Haudenosaunee, Hopi and Hawaiian) for messages about the contributions and resilience of Indigenous nations and peoples.

Grade Level: Middle School, High School, College
Subject: Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts

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The History of Cigarette Commercials: Issues of Persuasion and Regulation

Students analyze 3 TV commercials and a PSA for cigarettes from the 1950s-1960s to assess marketing techniques, health messages and gender stereotypes, and then read about and discuss the 1970 congressional ban on cigarette advertising on television.

Grade Level: High School, College
Subject: Health, Psychology, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts

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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."

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