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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 3

For Teachers 7th Standards
The final unit in the 2b Module has seventh graders  researching how media and advertising perpetuate gender stereotypes. To begin, class members examine the role of gender in Pygmalion, look at advertising in the 1890s, and read the...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3b, Unit 2: Case Study: The Media as Storytellers in Carlotta’s Journey

For Teachers 8th Standards
The 20 lessons in the second unit of Module 3b make up a collection that provides eighth-graders with background knowledge of the Little Rock Nine by using the case study, A Mighty Long Way, and the photo essay, Little Rock Girl...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Social justice is the theme of a 12-lesson unit that uses photographs to focus students' attention on and expand their understanding of current social issues facing society. Class members learn how to closely examine an image, and to...
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Fact and Opinion

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection of resources challenges scholars to determine facts from opinion. Learners examine news reports and determine what is true and relevant to the subject.
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Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The reporting, both in professional news sources and on social media, of the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri provides 21st Century learners with an opportunity of consider how social media can...
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Museum of Tolerance: Teaching Tolerance

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do you teach classes to recognize and confront intolerance? To recognize their preconceptions and commit to change? The materials in this collection, prepared by the Museum of Tolerance, are designed to achieve these goals. Whether...
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Chase the Race in School

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What is voting? How do I vote? Why should I vote? Who do I vote for? These are all important questions that first time, or even veteran voters might ask themselves as election season approaches them. Here is a collection that examines...
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Crash Course Navigating Digital Information

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In an age when so much information is delivered online, media literacy skills are essential. John Green's Crash Course on Navigating Digital Information provides 21st-century learners with the skills they need to help them evaluate the...
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Admongo Lesson Plans

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Ads no longer target just teens and adults. Kids from eight to 12 have become the focus of a whole new generation of advertisers. A collection of four resources help tweens develop the critical thinking skills they need to understand...
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Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning about Fake News

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The framers of the United States Constitution felt a free press was so essential to a democracy that they granted the press the protection it needed to hold the powerful to account in the First Amendment. Today, digital natives need to...
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Understanding Mass Media News

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In an age of fake news and photoshopped images, it is vital that 21st century learners development the skills they need to evaluate mass media and assess its validity. A great way to launch such a study is with a carefully crafted lesson...
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History of Media Literacy Part 1: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Even Plato understood the importance of media! Part of an ongoing series of media literacy videos, the resource takes viewers to where it all began ... ancient Greece. The video covers the emergence of media and the written word, the...
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The Ethics of Propaganda

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the short and long-term consequences for consumers and producers of modern media propaganda? Class members ponder this essential question as their unit study of ethics of propaganda concludes. After examining two case studies,...
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Understanding Viral Messages

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine advertising for a product but not being paid to do so. Welcome to the world of Viral Messaging. Class members first view a T-Mobile flash mob video that went viral and has been seen by over 14 million viewers. After analyzing the...
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Propaganda in Context

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Board Game Helps Fight Real World Ebola," a video produced by Voice of America, provides the text for a guided instructional activity that asks viewers to analyze the propaganda techniques used in the video. Groups then select a example...
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Fighting Fake News

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Fake news. Alternative facts. Internet trolls. In an age of Newspeak, it's increasingly important to equip 21st century learners with the skills needed to determine the legitimacy of claims put forth on social media, in print, and in...
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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As part of their continued investigation of the reporting of the shooting of Michael Brown class members analyze photos of Michael Brown and the social media response to these images. The class then develops a guide they believe news...
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The Power of Images

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
One picture but a thousand stories. As a part of a case study of how the death of Michael Brown was reported by professional news sources and on social media class members examine the reactions of various groups to a photograph taken by...
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Grade 9-10 Literacy: The Power of New Media Unit

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
What are the benefits of media use? What are the dangers for young people and for society as a whole? After examining a series of materials, individuals craft an essay in which they explain what is at stake, state their own position on...
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Media Literacy

For Teachers 4th - 9th Standards
Young learners today are bombarded by media manipulation. Help them develop the skills they will need to become savvy 21st century media consumers with a unit on media literacy.
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Court Rejects New York City’s Portion Cap For Sugary Drinks

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Should city government be allowed to limit the size of sugary drinks? Class members read and analyze an article from the Huffington Post examining former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed soda ban in 2014.
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Propaganda: What’s the Message?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
As class members progress through eight fully prepared learning stations, they will identify how bias is present in persuasive media, as well as differentiate among types of propaganda techniques like bandwagon propaganda and the use of...
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How Social Media Can Make History

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
From Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 to Facebook, Twitter, and TXT. Here’s a must-see video for anyone interested in the transformation of the media landscape and message distribution. The narrator traces four...
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Selling Obesity

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners examine health issues that are associated with our fast food culture, and the advertising of it. They begin with a snack-food survey to assess their own eating habits. Pupils are encouraged to think critically throughout the...
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Performance Task: Write Ad Analysis

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewIt's final. Scholars work on their final drafts of their ad analyses. They use the model sample Samsung Appliances for reference. After completing the task, learners turn and talk with one another about the decisions they made in their...
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Planning the Performance Task

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewClass members work in pairs and use an Ad Analysis planning guide to begin planning their final tasks. After sharing ideas with their partners, learners begin working on their final products.
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Setting a Purpose for Research: Introduction to Media Literacy

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewWhat does that picture say? Young historians take a close look at a British advertisement from 1890 to determine the role of gender in advertising. They discuss the implications about women portrayed in the images. Pupils then further...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Legal Action: The Supreme Court

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewA social justice activity focuses on the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia which struck down laws that prohibited marriages between African Americans and white Americans. The activity begins with class members examining a photograph...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exposing Gender Bias

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewYoung sociologists are asked to read two photographs, identifying how the photographer uses point of view, color, pose, light, and shadow to express a stereotype of women or to challenge those stereotypes. Partners then create their own...
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Hurricane Katrina

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The adage says that journalism is the first draft of history. How should people evaluate these sources of information? Taking into account various sources, including those from various perspectives and different creators, learners...
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Fact or Opinion?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A warm-up tasks learners to write a brief explanation about the difference between fact and opinion. When ready, scholars listen to statements then quickly identify it as fact or opinion using labeled cards. Independently or in pairs,...
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African American Activists

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks, and Fannie Lour Hammer are three African American activists who stood up for change. Though living in different time periods, all three women sought justice and equality. Class members examine primary source...
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This One Weird Trick Will Help You Spot Clickbait

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Here's a resource that will save you tons of money! Viewers learn how to spot clickbait by watching a short video that model how to assess a headline's credibility.
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Can You Spot the Problem with These Headlines? (Level 1)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What's the story behind the headlines for scientifically researched products? Viewers of a short video identify the fallacies in headlines designed to lure the unwary.
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Analyzing Gender Stereotypes in Media

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Why might toy advertisers use gender stereotypes to sell their products? Young people think critically about media messages and its role in gender stereotyping with a thought-provoking lesson.
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Evaluating Reliable Sources

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A lesson plan instills the importance of locating reliable sources. Scholars are challenged to locate digital sources, analyze their reliability, search for any bias, and identify frequently found problems that make a source unusable. 
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Legit-O-Meter

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Pop-ups, banner ads, grammar mistakes ... these are all signs of an untrustworthy website. With the handy Legit-O-Meter poster, scholars can now double-check their sources to ensure accurate, reliable information. The color-coded poster...
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Fake News: Historical Timeline

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
In 1874, The New York Herald falsely claimed that several animals escaped from the Central Park Zoo, and panic ensued. Using the helpful infographic, pupils discover more instances of fake news throughout history, from as far back as 63...
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Traditional Marketing and E-Marketing Strategies

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Are e-marketing or traditional marketing promotions more effective in business? Scholars explore the topic as they discuss and debate e-commerce. To finish, they develop marketing plans to demonstrate learning. 
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Putting the Consumer's Questions to Work

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Who, what, when, where, why, and how are good questions to ask when evaluating a source. First, scholars find two sources of information relating to a chosen topic. Next, pupils complete a worksheet to gauge the source's credibility....
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Can I Trust the Creators?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
It's easy to find information at the click of a mouse, but is it trustworthy? Pupils learn about the E.S.C.A.P.E. acronym for evaluating sources. Next, learners read a news story and evaluate its sources to determine credibility. Last,...
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E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Fair, balanced, and reputable information? There's an acronym for that! Scholars learn the E.S.C.A.P.E. method for evaluating news sources. Then, pupils work in small groups to read and analyze a news story and discuss the activity to...
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Evidence - Do the Facts Hold Up?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Sometimes it's hard to escape bad information! Pupils learn the E.S.C.A.P.E. method for evaluating news sources and complete a worksheet to assess a news article using their new skills.
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Media Skills: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Did you realize that Internet access is a basic human right? For those of us fortunate to have online access, it's essential to have media smarts! Discover the five skills to be media savvy during an engaging video. The host discusses...
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The Nazis in Power: Propaganda and Conformity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Nazis used the power of propaganda to encourage confirmative views and the discrimination of Jews. A social studies resource illustrates these issues through discussion, image analysis, and a writing exercise.
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What Are Stereotypes and Gender Roles?

For Students 7th - 12th
Living up to what society expects of you is difficult enough before you add the complications of sexual and racial prejudice. Discuss the difficulties faced by people in your country, neighborhood, and classroom with a series of...
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Defining Literacy in a Digital World

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What skills are necessary to interact with different types of text? Twenty-first century learners live in a digital world and must develop a whole new set of skills to develop media literacy. Class members engage in a series of...
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Messages in the Media

For Students 8th Standards
What does a commercial about your favorite product tell you about yourself? Assess the hidden messages in the media, as well as the messages that not so hidden, with a lesson on how advertisements can affect one's self identity.
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An Introduction to Roland Barthes's Mythologies

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Teenagers are the first to agree that they are the frontrunners in popular culture. But how much of their image is constructed by individualism, and how much of it have they bought from capitalistic sources? Roland...
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Sponsored Content as Propaganda

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is sponsored content? Who produces sponsored content? Why? Is it fair or unfair? What are the privacy implications for consumers? To answer these questions, class members view a model screencast before crafting their own that...
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Migrants in the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Class members examine two documents—The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The Rights of Migrants in the United States—and then use reports in the media to assess how well the US is doing in ensuring these rights.
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 12

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Class members compare the final 30 minutes of Lucas's Star Wars: A New Hope with Act V of Doescher's play, William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope and consider how the choice of media influences viewers' impression of the...
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Where Did You Hear That?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Where did you hear that? is the driving question of a lesson designed to shed light on the reliable, and unreliable, news sources covering an election. Through grand conversation and media exploration, scholars examine the credibility of...
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Using the World Wide Web

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
The Internet is the host of a wealth information—good and bad—and it takes practice to know which sites offer the most credible material. Here, scholars explore a variety of news sources to discover valuable information on topics such as...
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Analyzing Visuals in Print

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There's much more to a photograph than a click, and much more to a painting than brush strokes. Analyze the details of different types of visual media in print with a short activity. High schoolers study various images, including Vincent...
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Analyzing Production Techniques in Advertising

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There's a reason movie theaters play commercials with fizzing fountain soda and bouncing popcorn kernels. Examine how the visuals and sounds in advertisements inspire consumers to take out their wallets. A media literacy lesson focuses...
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Evaluating News Reports

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The news can be scary, but is it always accurate? Young journalists read about the necessary elements of evaluating a news story for accuracy, thoroughness, newsworthiness, and biased or balanced reporting. After reading a description of...
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Understanding the Basics of News Reporting

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Step into the shoes of a newscast director with a media analysis activity. High schoolers look over vocabulary for news media before deciding which three of five stories they'd want to air on tonight's news, based on exclusivity, viewer...
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Analyzing Print and Online News

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As a reporter, you only have a few lines to grab a reader's attention before they move on to the next story—or the next newspaper or website. Analyze the ways that both print and online news capture their readers' interest with text...
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Analyzing TV News

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Ever wonder why the most controversial or dramatic news stories are the first ones in a newscast? Evaluate every part of a television newscast, including the anchor's posture and facial expressions, the time allotted to each news story,...
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Influence of Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
We are bombarded with media images expressly designed to influence viewers. Learning how to analyze the intended effects of these images is essential and the focus of an activity that asks viewers to use the provided questions to guide...
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Developing Media Literacy

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
To protect young people from questionable content, many schools limit access. This resource suggests that because learners can so readily avail themselves to unrestricted Internet access, it is vital for 21st century learners to develop...
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Comparing News Formats

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is there a place for newspapers in an online world? How influential is the 24-hour television news cycle? High schoolers delve into an activity about three news formats—online news, print news, and newscasts—and consider the advantages...
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Influence of Media on Society

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The teenagers in your class have seen dozens of media messages between the last time you saw them and the moment they walk through your classroom door again. Help them make sense of what they are being told by corporations, news outlets,...
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Five Concepts of Media Literacy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The teenagers in your class are members of the target audience for hundreds of companies and products. Help them become media literate with a lesson that focuses on advertisements and the messages within. As learners read about five...
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Active Viewing Strategies

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A woman sits alone in a restaurant. Is she lonely? Happy in her solace? Weary after a long day? Practice making inferences with a five-strategy viewing activity. High schoolers view Automat by Thomas Hopper and monitor their reactions to...
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Political Ads in Historical Context

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Campaign ads target both timely issues and general themes. Presidential campaign ads from 1952 and 1988 provide class members an opportunity to compare how the topics ads choose to address can dramatically influence election outcomes.
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Critical Media Literacy: Commercial Advertising

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Commercial advertising—we can't get away from it, but do we realize just how often we are being advertised to? With this lesson, scholars analyze mass media to identify how its techniques influence our daily lives. Learners browse...
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Analyze Advertising Effectiveness

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
You see that candy bar on the shelf and you're suddenly hungry—but why? Interpret the advertising appeals present in every wrapped piece of chocolate with a worksheet about media messages. As groups study the wrapper from a popular candy...
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Savvy Surfers: Website Evaluation and Media Literacy

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders strengthen their understanding of what a high quality website is composed of. Learners evaluate three websites for accuracy, credibility, and reliability by completing a chart.
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Thinking About Television and Movies

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
As part of their study of the influence of TV and films, class members consider how music, lighting, costumes, camera angles, etc. are used to influence the response of viewers.
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Looking at Newspapers: Introduction

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
A scavenger hunt introduces class groups to the different sections of newspapers and the different types of articles found in each section.
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Do Journalists Shape or Report the News?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Analyze the presence of negative stereotypes and biased reporting in news media, and how this affects one's understanding of other cultures. Learners read newspaper excerpts and quotes from famous personalities to discuss the power of...
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Fact and Opinion within the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can the media foster cultural misunderstandings? These activities encourage learners to distinguish between fact and opinion in the media
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Bias in the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever considered the story of The Three Little Pigs from the wolf's perspective? Pupils use this as a key technique in evaluating news bias as part of the activities and worksheets found in this rich resource.
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Understanding the Influence of the Media

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Critically analyze advertising techniques, such as circular reasoning, bandwagon, testimonial, and repetition, with worksheets that effectively discuss and illustrate how the media aims to influence.
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Today's Front Pages

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Take a close look at a number of newspapers with collection of lessons and activities. Using a poster (which can be found under the materials tab), learners examine the hard copy of a local newspaper. This leads into an exploration of...
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The Key to the Media's Hidden Codes

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
You are being manipulated! Arm yourself with awareness! Learn how to identify the various technical codes (images, sounds, colors), and how media makers use these codes to subconsciously influence your emotions and impulses. Just do it....
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Broadcasting Codes

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Let your learners be the judges for a series of case studies that focus on broadcast codes in Canada. In order to familiarize your class with the codes and guidelines that govern the broadcasting industry, in particular Canada's...
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Teaching Tolerance: Beauty is Skin Deep

For Teachers 6th - 10th
If you are in need of a instructional activity on tolerance or the impact of media, this plan could be useful. The class begins with a brainstorming session in which they reflect on their own experiences with bias based on appearance....
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A Pale Blue Dot: That's Here. That's Home. That's Us.

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
21st-century learners live in such a visual world that many are unused to letting their minds imagine the picture that words create. An excerpt from Carl Sagan's lecture, "The Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space,"...
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How to Identify Fake News in 10 Steps

For Students 6th - 12th
Arm your class members with a weapon they can use to defend themselves against fake or misleading news. The ten steps outlined on the checklist provides investigators with ammunition they need to develop their information literacy skills.
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Messages and Viewpoint in Media

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Explore media point of view. In this literacy and current events instructional activity, pupils identify examples of first and third person point of view in media articles. They analyze examples of media, interpret the messages, and...
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Identify Intended Media Messages

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
How does media convey different messages? Use this lesson to explore media by identifying and analyzing selected images. Middle schoolers analyze a poster and discuss the intended meaning of the imagery and how it makes them feel. They...
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Current Events

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Here is an ongoing activity intended to build interest in local, national, and world news. The class is divided into four groups of approximately five students each. The groups are responsible for monitoring the daily news. They compose...
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Determining Central Ideas: Media Literacy

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewCan I persuade you? Learners discuss the things they might say when trying to persuade someone under various circumstances. Groups of pupils first receive Basic Persuasion Techniques cards to sort into categories. They end the lesson by...
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Analyzing Different Mediums: Advantages and Disadvantages

For Teachers 8th Standards
How do authors play to people's moods? After briefly reviewing mood using a Conditional and Subjunctive Mood handout, learners practice identifying conditional and subjunctive sentences in the Montgomery Bus Boycott speech before reading...
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Analyzing Sound in Film and TV

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The mood effects of music, dialogue, sound effects, and voiceover in a movie or TV show can be as strong as visual cues or camera angles. Learn about the ways a jaunty theme song or swelling orchestral music can set the tone for a movie...
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Analyzing Visuals in Film and TV

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ever wonder why a scene in a movie looks so ominous? Or how lighting can make a romantic scene even more beautiful? Discover the ways lighting choices and camera angles can affect the mood in a shot with a visual analysis lesson. After...
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Responding to Media

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Scholars investigate making inferences, drawing conclusions, and quoting others by analyzing written and visual sources of information. They read legitimate accounts of people dealing with books, magazines, television, and the Internet....
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Developing a Media Campaign

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers identify necessary elements involved with campaigning. In this media analysis lesson, they consider how political and social messages are passed through visual messages and advertisements. They identlfy the impact of...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: John Q. Public

For Students 11th - 12th
John Q. Public was a notable cartoon representation of the average American; but how accurate was this portrayal? Emergent analysts consider several topical points as they take a critical look into a cartoon portrayal of the American...
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Know Your Rights: Lesson 6 of 16

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars evaluate the content of a tabloid and discuss why freedom of speech is important. In this freedom of speech lesson, students discuss tabloid images of cross or flag burnings.  Young scholars create a collage on hate groups...
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Watching the Elections

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students analyze the media products and advertising techniques used in political campaigns. For this elections lesson, students view political debates and then work in groups to find examples of types of advertising techniques used in...
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"War of the Worlds": A Broadcast Re-Creation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Why did Orson Welles' 1938 Broadcast of a adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds cause such a panic? To answer this question, class members listen to the original broadcast and research the panic that resulted. They then engage...
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Perceptions of Youth and Crime

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Explore the potential for bias in the news and in scholars' own attitudes and opinions. Begin with a quiz on youth crime to see how learners perceive crime among their peers. After looking at the correct answers, put individuals in...
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Images of Learning: Secondary

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Make your scholars more aware of stereotypical portrayals in film and television. Discuss the definition of "stereotypes" and how they are used to present a story. High schoolers look at specific television shows and complete a chart...
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Launching The Module: Taking a Stand

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars analyze various photos to determine how the people pictured take a stand. They use a Notice/Wonder Note Catcher to help organize their thoughts. Learners then study a Taking a Stand: Frayer Model handout to learn what it means...
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Kids' Newsbreaks

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Group learners together to identify a question relating to an issue and create a 60-second kids news break highlighting information that begins to answer the question. They research and answer issue questions in a news story format. 
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Satire or Slander

For Students 11th - 12th
Encourage your young learners to analyze and think critically about how media portrays people or events. Upper graders analyze a political cartoon depicting President Obama as a Muslim and the First Lady as a revolutionary. Guided by...
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One Event: Different Perspectives

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Watch selected scenes from the mini-series, The Path to 9/11, and then have your class download and explore the 9/11 Commission Report. How are these two sources similar and different? Have your learners summarize each source and compare...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Affirming Our Commonalities and Differences

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewPhotos can challenge stereotypes. To gain an understanding of the big picture, groups examine a series of photographs and analyze how a photographer's choices can shape a viewer's reaction to an image. For the first set of photographs,...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Showcasing Your Understanding

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewThe final instructional activity in the series asks class members to demonstrate what they have learned about how photographs can revel injustice and how they can encourage people to take action against injustice. Either as a class, in...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Advertisements Promoting Activism

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewActivism can create real change. Class members examine a series of photographs that represent a different form of activism. Individuals then craft a persuasive speech in which they argue why the photo they chose is the best example of...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Confronting Unjust Practices

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewA powerful photograph of the Freedom Riders of 1961 launches an examination of the de jure and de facto injustices that the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s addressed. Young historians first watch a video and read the Supreme...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Confronting Unjust Laws

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewThe right to peacefully assembly to protest injustice is a key element of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Class members are asked to analyze two photographs of people confronting what they consider to be unjust...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exposing Homelessness and Poverty

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewPhotos can capture a complete story in a single image. Class members closely examine a photo of a homeless camp and attempt to read the story told by the picture. They then read the caption for the photograph and compare their notes with...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exposing Anti-Immigration Sentiment

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewThe debate about immigration reform continues. To gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved, class members first examine a photo of an anti-immigration rally. Groups then conduct an internet search for an image that presents an...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exposing Racism

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewPhotographs capture a moment in time. And some of the best pictures demand that viewers not only ask questions about why the photo packs such an emotional wallop, but also about what happened before and after it was taken. A photograph...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Supporting Social Border Crossings

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewA lunch-time activity encourages pupils to step out of their usual lunch bunch and connect with someone new. To begin, individuals examine a group photograph and identify what they believe is the gender, race, religion, and sexual...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exploring Identity

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewEven without captions, photographs can tell amazing, involved, and complex stories. Viewers analyze two photos, consider what the pictures reveal about the subjects' identity, and determine the social justice issues represented in the...
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The Martians Are Coming!

For Teachers 6th - 12th
As part of a study of the power of mass media, class members use a documentary about Orson Welles' radio broadcast of an adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds to launch an investigation of how media networks spread rumor and...
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Super Brand

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Children can recognize popular brands from an early age, but these images symbolize much more than what they advertise. Take a journey through the design of a logo with a lesson that focuses on the history and ubiquity of the Super Bowl...
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Critical Literacy—Media Texts

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Media texts convey both overt and implied messages. As part of their study of media, class members analyze the language, form, techniques, and aesthetics in a variety of media texts.
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Teaching TV: Enjoying Television

For Teachers 1st - 6th
What makes a TV program enjoyable? As an introduction to media analysis, kids identify their favorite programs and the elements they find engaging.
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Teaching TV: Critically Evaluating TV

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in my Closet creates the framework for a specific discussion of nightmares generated by TV and a more general discussion of other emotions evoked by programs.
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The Broadcast Project

For Teachers K - 8th
As part of a unit on media studies, kids are asked to chart their viewing habits, observe the advertising that sponsors their favorite shows, and then to imagine what they would broadcast if given a block of airtime.
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Kids, Alcohol and Advertising: Young Drinkers

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners explore reasons the alcohol industry needs replacement (new) drinkers and how it exploits the needs and desires of young people in order to foster brand loyalty.
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Kids, Alcohol and Advertising - Understanding Brands

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners explore the importance of branding for developing customer loyalty and recognition of products.
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Kids, Alcohol and Advertising - Messages about Drinking

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students examine different groups in our society that deliver messages to the public about drinking and consider the influence of each of these groups on the attitudes and perceptions of young people.
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Kids, Alcohol and Advertising - Interpreting Media Messages

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars investigate the importance of branding and messaging, especially as they relate to party products like alcohol.
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Unit Two: Celebrities and World Issues

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Develop media smarts by considering the power of celebrity involvement in world issues. A look at the work of such celebrities as Angelina Jolie, Oprah, and Bono prepare learners to develop their own media campaign for a global...
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Truth or Money

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Two compelling texts about tobacco companies' influence over editorial content in print media introduce readers to the concept of advertising censorship. After study and discussion, class members compose a mock "final column" by a...
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Challenging Hate Online

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Looking at the different ways organizations disseminate their messages using digital media leads to developing a digital anti-hate media campaign. Although some of the resources reflect the Canadian developer, the links provide...
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Kellogg Special K Ads

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Foster class discussion about body image with the resources and questions provided here. Focus on Special K's "look good on your own terms" ad campaign. Learners start by reading about this campaign and analyze a series of print ads,...
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Taking Charge of TV Violence

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Encourage your class to become aware of the violence that is present in children's television programs and how this violence can influence children. Do this by holding the planned class discussion in this lesson plan and providing...
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Bias

For Teachers 10th - 12th
See how bias operates firsthand. Half of the class reads one article while the other half reads another article on the same event. The obvious differences emerge when the two sides talk about their observations though. Several handouts...
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Hoax? Scholarly Research? Personal Opinion?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Divide your class into groups to study the validity of online sources. One group looks at the authority and accuracy of four listed websites, another group looks at advocacy and objectivity, and the third group looks at currency and...
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Selling Tobacco

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Take a look at tobacco advertising techniques through the decades. Students analyze the differences in strategies, and write an essay on the advertising history of one brand of tobacco, how tobacco advertising has changed over time, or...
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Violence on Television

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Focus on a specific incident of violence on television in the case of the Canadian Broadcast System showing Silence of the Lambs on public television. Look at the broadcasting codes and a complaint that was filed against the Association....
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The Citizen Reporter

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ripped from the headlines! Discuss topical social issues like racism, discrimination, and diversity while exploring the concept of citizen journalism. Begin with a professional-looking presentation on the history of citizen journalism....
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Learning Gender Stereotypes

For Teachers 8th - 9th
How do media representations influence our attitudes? Examining advertisements through the filter of gender representation forms the basis of this, the second of three lessons that address gender stereotypes. Resources include links,...
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Online Propaganda and the Proliferation of Hate

For Teachers 10th - 12th
After thoroughly examining the purposes and techniques of propaganda, your class will create and curate a Propaganda Museum to display and deconstruct original works of propaganda. Materials include propaganda techniques vocabulary, a...
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Facing TV Violence: Consequences and Media Violence

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Make your class aware of the difference between media violence and real violence. Using prior knowledge, a video clip, and a worksheet, class members explore and discuss the unrealistic portrayal of violence in the media. Learners...
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Don't Drink and Drive: Assessing the Effectiveness of Anti-Drinking Campaigns

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Have your class explore alcohol awareness public service announcements. Provided are a detailed plan and a complete set of materials for doing just this. Learners are exposed to a series of approaches and advertisements and decide which...
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Analyzing Political Cartoons: the "Doonesbury" Rendition of the Malibu Conflict

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a political cartoon or advertisement. In this lesson plan analyzing media, students analyze Doonesbury cartoons. After, students create their own political cartoon or advertisement regarding a current controversial issue.
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Sex on TV: Teens and Parents Talk

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars observe human psychology by completing a media analysis worksheet. In this parent and teen communication lesson, students identify the main programs on television today and how sex is used to sell the program as well as...
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Performance Event

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students examine the media by writing a compare/contrast paragraph. In this mass communications lesson, students identify and discuss the main sources of information for Americans in today's age. Students analyze pictures of people...
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Propaganda of War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine examples of war propaganda.  In this historical literature lesson, students research the elements of propaganda in relation to various wars of the past.  They discuss different types of propaganda, and the potential...
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African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine the portrayal of African Americans in the media. In this socio-political lesson, 5th graders view various news clips of African Americans and discuss the way they are presented. Students create narrations of the...
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Media Literacy Discussion Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine and analyze visual media and its messages critically. They determine whether specific media messages inform, entertain, or persuade and what factors influence the media. Using primary sources, they participate in peer...
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The Visual Grammar of Film

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students analyze film terminology to become analytical views and critically examine media. In this film analysis, students identify film terminology and explain the effects of the director's choices. Students analyze cinematic and...
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Where Are the MDG's?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read local and global media to bring awareness to the Millennium Development Goals. In this Global Awareness lesson, students read the Millennium Development Goals and identify them in news media (print or online). Students...