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Social Media for Educators: Supporting Lessons and Resources

For Teachers Pre-K - Higher Ed Standards
Just what you need to get started using social media in the classroom—a collection of lesson plans, apps, videos, and activities, curated by a team of teachers and organized by grade level.
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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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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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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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Your Online Persona

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do your high schoolers have their own online ethics code? Guide them as they explore their moral compass of social media and internet activity. They will consider how they are represented online, what role ethics plays, create their own...
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Digital Citizenship: Supporting Lessons and Resources

For Teachers Pre-K - Higher Ed Standards
Just what you needed to get started with your classroom of digital citizens—a collection of lesson plans, videos, and activities, curated by a team of teachers and organized by grade level.
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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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A Student’s Guide to Using Social Media Safely

For Teachers 6th - 12th
While the kids in your class tap quickly on their electronic devices to stay in touch with their peers, they may not know the consequences of online social lives. Take them through a discussion about potential downfalls of a social media...
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Reporting with Social Media

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does it take to create news stories that are both informative and objective? Aspiring journalists walk the line between engagement and activism with lesson 15 of a 16-part series titled The Social Media Toolbox. Grouped pupils...
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Social Media Madness

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Tired of seeing u instead of you and 2 instead of too? Teach your pupils how to write for an academic setting by asking them to correct these six social media posts that are full of grammatical errors, spelling errors, and text speak.
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Social Media

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter—are they good for society? Pupils prepare for a class debate in which they voice their opinions on the issue. They read the main pro and con arguments, explore others' opinions, view videos, and discover the...
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Social Media: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #10

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Sixty-eight percent of adults in the United States get their news from their social media feed. What are the consequences? Scholars dive into the topic with a video on digital media. They discover how social media shapes people's offline...
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How Social Media Stars Make Money

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! With the fourth video from the digital media literacy series, scholars learn how social media stars make money by gaining subscribers. They discover how paid advertisements, product...
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Social Media Education

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Show what you know about social media! The 16th and final lesson in The Social Media Toolbox gives pupils the opportunity to share their social media experiences with their school communities. Groups identify the most important messages,...
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A Look at Social Media Policies

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should school news publications use social media if their district is against the use of social media in school? Pupils ponder the policy, then examine their publication's plan in parts seven and eight of a 16-part Social Media Toolbox...
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Citizen Watchdogs and the News

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To conclude their case study of media coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, class members consider the role of citizen watchdogs in a democratic society, develop strategies for combating...
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Why Social Media?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is social media the best way to convey news in your school? Young journalists dig deep into the social media question in the second of 16 lessons from The Social Media Toolbox. After learning about the relationship between social media...
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Social Media Roles

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Social media has changed the news publishing process, so how does it affect school news publications? Lesson nine in a 16-part series titled The Social Media Toolbox explores the traditional publishing roles through the lens of social...
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Social Media Plan

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
It's gameplan time! Journalism scholars create a social media plan based upon work completed in previous lessons. The activity, fifth in a 16-part Social Media Toolbox series, focuses on using data and consensus to create an effective...
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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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EdTech Tuesdays: Student-Driven Apps & Social Media with Brad Wilson

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th Standards
You've heard of apps for students, but have you heard of an app made by students? Listen as 4th grade teacher and EdTech consultant Brad Wilson discusses a student-driven app of writing prompts called Things to Think About, as well as...
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Media and Money: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Money talks ... especially in the media world! How do finances influence the media we see? Answer that, and many other questions using a video in a media literacy series. The narrator discusses how economic reasons influence media...
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Media Policy and You: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Sharing is caring! How much does your class know about the laws that govern sharing on social media and other areas of the Internet? The video, part of an ongoing series about media literacy, examines copyright laws, intellectual...
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Crossing the Line Online: Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Age of Social Media - NYTimes.com

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Sexual harassment and sexual violence are by no means new issues. What has changed is the role of social media in these issues. This powerful and troubling lesson uses a specific rape case to launch research into a discussion of the...
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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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Social Media and Ferguson

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How can social media help or hinder civil dialogue? How can information shared on social media be verified? As the investigation of media reports of the events surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown continues, class members read news...
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Social Media Usage

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is there a difference in the way organizations present news via social media and in print? The third in a series of 16 lessons from The Social Media Toolbox explores news outlets and their delivery methods. Groups follow a story for a...
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Online Activism

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Lead a service learning project designed to shed light on feeding the needy using online activism. Scholars create social media pages that provide facts about world hunger, a call to action, and updates on goals met. 
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NewsFeed Defenders Extension Pack

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Accuracy, transparency, trustworthiness, and impartiality are four unspoken rules of journalism. Scholars delve deep into the subject by discussing the pros and cons of relying on social media for news. They also play an online game to...
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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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Feeling On Display

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Many teen girls and boys experience great pressure to keep up online appearances. Work together as a class to consider the effect of photos on social networking sites, and invite your learners to reflect on such important concepts as...
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Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just as Cliquey Online

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Do social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter reinforce our existing biases and cliques? Youngsters read and evaluate an article written by NPR in 2011 on the then-emerging world of social media, and respond to several text-based...
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Media Literacy: Where News Comes From

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What actually happens at a press conference? Make sense of the mayhem with a mock press conference activity designed to promote media literacy. Individuals participate as either members of the press or the governor's office to examine...
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Fact vs. Fiction in the Media

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can people tell the difference between real news and inaccurate stories? Viewers watch a video about discerning fact from fiction in news sources. Next, pupils use a set of discussion questions to further analyze the topic. 
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Social Media Messages

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What are the elements of a good social media post? The 13th activity in the 16-part Social Media Toolbox incorporates all of the typical components found in a Facebook or Twitter post. Scholars work together to create great posts based...
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Through Many Lenses: How are Countries Depicted by the Media?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If you plan to utilize the ABC miniseries, "The Path to 9/11" in your classroom, consider incorporating media literacy and research skills. After (or while) learners view the series, they discuss ways information can differ from source...
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Social Media Survey

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Survey says ... social media is here to stay! How do the pupils in your school use social media? Using activity four from a 16-part series, The Social Media Toolbox, learners study surveys and create their own. The resource includes...
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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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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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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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High Five: Media Literacy and Newspapers

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Teach the five different types of media with the first of three in a media literacy unit. Learners create and propose a final newspaper project, which must address information covered throughout the unit. 
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The Media and the War: The Penny Press, Walt Whitman and the War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Mexican-American war marked a significant moment in United States history, as well as in the history of American media. The mid-nineteenth century saw the introduction of the Penny Press, which provided many American citizens with...
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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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Is Social Media a Trustworthy News Outlet?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Examine the role of social media in social and political uprisings. Pupils listen to NPR audio clips about social media and the Arab Spring and read an article that proposes the idea that revolution will not happen through social media....
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Counteracting Media Stereotyping

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Discuss media stereotypes with your emerging consumers. They view a television program to identify gender bias. After discussing the clip as a class, each learner writes a story showing more equitable roles. Or consider having them...
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How are People Portrayed by Different Media?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your 9th - 12th graders can hone their analysis and critical thinking skills by studying the way a subject is portrayed across media types. They examine how various print, visual, and online sources have portrayed key players in the 9/11...
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Social Media and Sharing

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Whether it's cute cat videos or pictures from an epic vacation, scholars love to check out what's happening on social media! But, how much sharing is too much? A lesson from a vast digital citizenship series poses some serious points to...
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Online Presence

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What happens when an online post gets the wrong kind of attention? Learners evaluate the good, the bad, and the occasionally ugly side of social media posting with a lesson from a vast digital citizenship series. After critiquing posts...
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Real Life Or Broken Mirror? Examining Media Representations of Teenagers

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze representation of teenagers in the news and other media, discuss importance of media literacy in interpreting media portrayals of reality, and discuss and write about accuracy, or lack thereof, of media images of young...
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How Facebook Is Stealing Billions of Views

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Have you ever posted a video that's gone viral? Savvy social media scholars examine the not-so-honest practice of using autoplay to count video views during a thought-provoking video. The animated video depicts the life of an uploaded...
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The Media and the War: Soldiers Find a Voice

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Prior to the Mexican-American war, citizens had only heard updates about the battlefield from the United States government. But with the expansion of media publication in the nineteenth century, individual soldiers were able to reach out...
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Social Media: Style Board

For Teachers 5th - 9th
I like your style! The sixth of eight parts in the CS First Social Media unit requires pupils to create a style board. They write a computer program using block-based coding where they can choose and display their favorite items.
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Social Media: Profile Page

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Let people know who you are. An engaging computer science activity has scholars set up a profile page. In the second of eight installments in the CS First Social Media unit, class members learn how to use variables in the Scratch...
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Developing a Media Campaign

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers identify necessary elements involved with campaigning. In this media analysis instructional activity, they consider how political and social messages are passed through visual messages and advertisements. They identlfy...
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News Literacy Model Curriculum in Social Studies

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars investigate news literacy in the twenty-first century. They use technology, legal decisions, writings, and digital privacy to analyze the topic. Using what they learned, a group assignment looks into both the challenges and...
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Interviewing: The Art of Asking Questions

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Interviewing skills are important, even outside of a news reporter's desk or employer's office. Take your class through the process of interviewing people they don't know with a set of case studies featuring journalists and various...
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Examine the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Take a look at media though a critical lens. Class members cut out images of women from magazines and conduct a gallery walk, considering the portrayal of women and men in these images. They then read an article and discuss the content...
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Effective Communication: Listening, Speaking, Writing, Interpreting

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
Help young learners become active listeners and strong public speakers with a set of activities that range from paraphrasing, to discussions, and self-reflection. Additionally, the lessons address social media skills and non-verbal...
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Know and Use Your Settings

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
How many people can see your social media profile? If you haven't adjusted your privacy settings, it could be more people than you think. Help young pupils keep their information safe with a Google video that emphasizes the importance of...
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Analyzing Media Literacy

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders define propaganda, evaluate World War II propaganda posters to analyze media literacy, complete War Poster Analysis worksheet, and create and share their own propaganda posters containing subject matter pertaining to war in...
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Mixed Media Landscape Design

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders create mixed media representations of landscape designs in Africa and Asia. The instructional activity is great for cross-curricular projects with the Social Sciences and/or Literature, or can be used as a self-contained...
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Listen Up! PSA for Change

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewChallenge scholars to speak up about a topic by creating a public service announcement or social media blitz about an issue they feel passionate about. Have them research their issues, then decide the best way to take their messages to...
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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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Vantage Point: Multiple Perspective

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Explore current events through multiple lenses by comparing social media coverage with a national news article. Although you can easily apply this to a more recent event, this analysis focuses on the 2012 shooting in Aurora, CO. Learners...
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Social Media: Time Lapse

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Time flies when you're having fun with computer science. The last of eight installments in a social media unit challenges pupils to create stories involving time lapse. They consider what they learned throughout the series and apply...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Media Industry and the Internet

For Students 10th - 12th
Kids take a good look at what the Internet has done to "old media" industries, such as newspapers, magazines, and books. They analyze the editorial comments made in a political cartoon and answer three critical thinking questions related...
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Oversharing: Think Before You Post

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Could your learners use a little more discretion when they post online? Take a look at these ten rules of posting etiquette, which prompts them to be smart about what photos and information they share on the Internet.
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When Art Conveys Political and Social Conflict

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders consider art as a medium to convey information and opinions on social conflict and issues. They analyze images from the Crocker Art Museum, discuss their effectiveness in raising awareness of an issue, and create a...
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Social Media: Explore

For Teachers 5th - 9th
There's a lot of social media out there, but we'll make our own. The first of eight lessons in a computer science unit introduces social media in the 21st century. Pupils begin working on a computer programming project about social...
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Rules of Conduct: Media Violence, Dating and Teenage Behavior

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners discuss the role of media in their lives and making decisions. In groups, they define violence and identify how it is represented in the type of entertainment they are accustomed to viewing. They compare and contrast behaviors...
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About Facebook

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
If everyone is on Facebook, should the school's news publication be as well? Scholars study a social media giant in the 11th lesson from The Social Media Toolbox's 16-part series. The activity combines individual study and collaboration...
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Learn to Reach Out

For Teachers 12th Standards
How can social media help my career? Explore the world of networking through a lesson about professional organizations. The fourth of six career and college readiness lessons has seniors research organizations in their professions of...
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What is Snapchat?

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Sharing photos with your friends is a snap with Snapchat! Introduce pupils to a popular social media app with a short video from an extensive digital citizenship series. The resource covers Snapchat's features and privacy settings.
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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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Heroic Images: Visualization and Media Messages

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine media messages. In this media awareness lesson, students analyze online messages about heroism as they complete a jigsaw reading activity.
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The Dark(er) Side of Media: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Has the media really turned to the dark side? Explore the magic of misinformation through a video from a media literacy series. Content includes wartime propaganda, political ads, and the entertainment industry.
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Bias and Crime in Media

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Critical thinking and social justice are central themes for this resource on bias and crime in media. The class views and discusses an incisive PSA that highlights assumptions based on race. Small groups read newspaper opinion pieces...
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The Sons of Sultan Bey (Libya)

For Students 4th - 6th
Imagine you could increase reading comprehension and social media skills at the same time. Learners can read and then respond to the tale "The Sons of Sultan Bey." Their comments are guided by comprehension-style questions and can be...
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Media/Citizenship: Speed 3

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students examine data about the effects of speed in car accidents. They create their own media campaign about safety while driving. They share their ideas with the class.
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Teaching Tolerance: Beauty is Skin Deep

For Teachers 6th - 10th
If you are in need of a lesson plan 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. Next, they...
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How to Choose Your News

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How do you get the truth unfiltered by middlemen? Tune into various sources and note the differences is the suggestion in a short video that begins by providing examples of how media gatekeepers have manipulated information and how those...
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Lesson: Unmonumental: Yesterday's News

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders are tasked with developing a social consciousness as they analyze the impact of the news media. They view a presentation depicting various media events in order to understand threshold moments in history. There are three...
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Bias in News Sources

For Teachers 9th - 12th
As young consumers of media, it is important for high schoolers to explore concepts of bias and prejudice, and how they may be present in media. After discussing ideological messages that media can contain, individuals complete a warm-up...
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Grapes of Wrath: Setting up Historical Context

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Discuss life in the 1930s in relation to the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, then do a cross-media analysis. Here you'll find background information on film maker John Ford, writer John Steinbeck, and 1930s America. You can compare the...
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Lesson: Looking Closer: The Artwork of Wangechi Mutu

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Social issues of gender and media stereotypes, begins with a multi-sensory experience. Learners view the painting Backlash Blues and make critical comments based on what they see. They then read the Langston Hughes poem and listen to the...
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Focus on the Media

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students critically examine news articles and editorials for attitudes of discrimination and prejudice. Students then complete checklist in which they analyze news reports for context, content, point of view, language, graphics, and...
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Press Ahead!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Give class members some great news! A media unit teaches individuals about ethics, parts of a newspaper, business writing, photojournalism, and more topics that have to do with the press. Full of material for a variety of learners,...
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Scientific Process and Researching the Effects of Media

For Teachers 8th Standards
Watching R-rated movies causes in-grown toe nails! Well, not really, but what effect does violence in the media have on us? Your class will complete a research project to answer this very question and then design a public awareness...
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Our Brain and Body on Opioids

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use a presentation that explores the world of prescription opioids. Learners look at the way the brain responds to the drugs and the long terms effects opioids have on the brain and body. At the end of the lesson, groups create a social...
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Not So Fair and Balanced: Analyzing Bias in the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Life is not always fair. Who's heard that before? This same concept moves to a larger scale using prejudice and bias. Pupils discuss where prejudice attitudes derive and how they develop throughout life. Reading comprehension...
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Media Timeline

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars complete a media campaign worksheet about the awareness of people with disabilities. In this disabilities lesson plan, students write a campaign to reduce fear when making people aware of disabilities.
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Media Timeline

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners study websites about the media and disabilities and identify places on a timeline where the media has influenced society with disabilities. In this disabilities lesson plan, students make a large timeline out of craft paper as a...
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Interpreting & Verifying the News in an Era of Info Overload

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars practice their critical thinking skills. For this media awareness lesson, students read articles about media overload and interpretation of media. Young scholars respond to discussion questions and discuss how they verify...
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Verifying Breaking News

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The attempts of journalists to verify the events surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown take center stage as individuals analyze three of the initial newspaper accounts of the story. The whole class discussion then focuses on the...
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An Exploration of Media Slogans

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore entertainment and promotion as forms of media.  In this improvisation lesson, 3rd graders examine different types of media text and role play various experiences and responses to topics such as: creation of a scene...
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News Journalism Across the Media: Introduction

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Although students are aware of news as information that influences their perceptions of the world, they are often unaware of the various ways to present that information. Encourage them to investigate, discuss, analyze and make valuable...
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Dogfighting Unit Lesson Five--The Media and Propaganda

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students consider the implications of dogfighting. In this character education lesson, students examine propaganda in advertising and then create their own anti-dogfighting advertisements.
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Stand Up. . . Be InCtrl!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
What is the difference between a bystander and an upstander? A collaborative project created through digital media helps the class understand that they can participate in an online community respectfully and responsibly. They consider...
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Digital Compass

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Time to make some real world decisions in an interactive digital citizenship game. Choose a story and help the characters make the right decisions regarding Internet safety, cyberbullying, copyright, media literacy, appropriate online...
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Cyber Safety

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
It's tempting to abandon rules and social expectations when you sit down at the computer. But what are the dangers of releasing personal information on the Internet? How can this information be used by strangers? Learn more about keeping...
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Disability in the Media

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students look at websites about Down Syndrome and respond to how the media has impacted this disability on society. In this Down Syndrome lesson plan, students respond to different situations on worksheets. 
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What is Messenger Kids?

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Time for some kid-friendly social media! Is Messenger Kids really a fool-proof app? Young techies learn the ins and outs of a popular app using a video. Part of a large digital citizenship series, the resource highlights the features of...
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A Curriculum for Digital Media Creation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Consumer technology has made it possible for filmmakers to create entire movies from the comfort of their home computer. Guide high school film buffs through the process of designing a documentary with an extensive unit published by...
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Favorite Sports and Athletes: an Introduction to Sports Media

For Teachers K - 3rd
Even young children watch sports and like team logos and products. It's never too early to think critically about what's onscreen. This exercise develops awareness that media communicate values (i.e. who participates in sports and who...
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Discrimination and Media: Focus on Mental Health

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students explore discrimination by the media. In this media awareness lesson, students examine stigmas concerning mental illnesses as they are portrayed in the media.
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County Solutions Step Nine: Action Campaign

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
When young learners are inspired about a cause and wish to bring about meaningful change, they are often unsure about where to even begin. Give them the tools to fuel their activist spirits by exploring components of an action campaign...
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What's the Big Idea? Current Events

For Students 6th - 8th
Provide the class with a helpful way to analyze print media describing current events. They read an article from a reliable news or media source and then use the attached activity to capture vital information. A great resource that is...
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he Media and Social Justice Around the World

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students will activate literacy skills in internet medium, and will use reading, critical thinking and writing skills as they work with their groups to collect and organize information. The follow up activity will allow them to augment...
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Power of the Press - Time Line

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the evolution of communication. In this media history lesson, students participate in a series of mini-lessons regarding the history of communication from the Gutenberg printing press to the Internet. Students conduct...
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Evaluating Online Sources

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
All sources are pretty much the same, right? If this is how your class views the sources they use for writing or research projects, present them with a media literacy instructional activity on smart source evaluation. Groups examine...
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Current events in Africa

For Teachers 7th Standards
Before incorporating current events into your classroom, make sure your learners are informed and critical readers! Compare events as presented by an African and American media source, and help your class understand the impact of bias...
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Media Awareness Network: Hate or Debate?

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Discuss the difference between legitimate debate on a political issue and arguments that are based on hate through a science-fiction scenario that shows how a controversial issue can be discussed in both ways. Then learn how purveyors of...
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Weather in the News

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes, oh my! In this lesson, meteorology majors compare stories of historical storms written by two or more different sources. As a result, they understand how the media portrays such catastrophes and...
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Intelligence of Authentic Character - News Coverage and John Brown's Raid

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The resource, a standalone, shows how news coverage of John Brown's Raid began when the event happened and how that reporting shaped perception in West Virginia history. The resource includes interesting anticipatory discussion...
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Beauty is Skin Deep

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Learners explore the concept of media awareness. In this self image lesson, students discuss cultural expectations regarding body size. Learners then examine 3 media representations using the provided form.
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How Media Shapes Perception

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explain the impact that the media may have in shaping their intellectual and emotional responses to current events. They examine broadcast and Web-based news sites to find subtexts through the use of language, audio, and visual...
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How Media Shapes Perception

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze how media shapes their perception of events. In this media lesson plan, students research the home pages of assigned web sites to determine how media influences how they feel about tragic event. They look at head lines...
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The Ad Campaign

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore how political candidates use mass media to deliver their messages to voters. Focusing on specific issues in the upcoming election, students create television commercials representing different parties' views.
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Alternate Histories

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students create a mixed media collage. In this visual arts lesson, students look at the work of Jane Ash Poitras. They create their own collage that shows their personal and collective history and experiences. 
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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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Introduction to Canada

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Ninth graders investigate the country of Canada by examining their media in this geography lesson. They use the Internet to research Canadian newspapers and analyze a topic covered by both US and Canadian media sources. After comparing...
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Social Media: Depict and Deduce

For Teachers 5th - 9th
What do you see? Scholars learn about conditionals and variables in computer coding, and then use their newfound knowledge to create a depict-and-deduce game. As one player draws an object freehand, the second player tries to guess the...
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Social Media: Best Quiz Ever

For Teachers 5th - 9th
We're off to see the wizard—the computer science wizard, that is. Scholars create a personality quiz using the Scratch coding program. By answering the questions, they see which character from The Wizard of Oz they most closely resemble.
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Gender Messages in Alcohol Advertising

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Make your students critical consumers of media, and foster an awareness of how culture is reflected and shaped by media. This resource covers how alcohol advertising presents and promotes gender stereotypes. After a discussion on...
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Privacy and Online Life: Protect Yourself

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Help your class protect privacy, security, and their online profiles with this examination of social media, especially Facebook, and who can see what about each of us. Resource contains useful links for learners to conduct their own...
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Beneath the News: Who's Doing What to Whom, and Who Cares?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the differences between various forms of media (print, radio, TV, Internet). They determine the target audience for each and compare exposure around the world. They write a short story and share it with the class.
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Miscast and Seldom Seen

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Consider how well students' favorite TV shows, movies and video games reflect the diversity of society. The lesson introduces your class to several media literacy concepts, such as how media conveys values and messages, as well as the...
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Mapping the Mediasphere

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare/contrast the media messages they see in two different communities in their city. They list the elements of art and the principles of design in the photographs they have taken in those two different communities. They...
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Digital Life 101

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Play the video "Digital Life 101" to launch a discusion of the responsible use of social media and online relationships. Related activities ask learners to craft a personal simile describing their media life, and handouts provide a media...
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Verification

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
When you're putting together a great story, you've got to consider the source! Scholars discover the dangers of errors in reporting during the 14th activity in a 16-part Social Media Toolbox series. Groups collaborate to create a source...
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Many Younger Facebook Friends "Unfriend" the Network

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
"Sometimes I feel really sad after logging onto Facebook..." Learners read a news article written in 2014 about several former Facebook users who have deactivated their accounts, and then respond to both text-based and discussion...
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Always On in a Digital World

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
As the world becomes increasingly digital, one can't help but wonder if it's possible to be too connected? Pupils explore the topic using the eighth video from the digital media literacy playlist. They learn about the effects of being...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Legal Action: The Supreme Court

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewA social justice lesson focuses on the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia which struck down laws that prohibited marriages between African Americans and white Americans. The lesson begins with class members examining a photograph of...
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Technology: Conveniences and Consequences

For Teachers 8th - 12th
It's a delicate balance—using technology to improve our lives while still protecting the environment, and ourselves, from the hazards of technology use. Class members examine statistics about the increase in media use, complete a survey...
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Raising Awareness Through Media

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Spread the word! Passionate pupils engage in creating multimedia awareness messages during a digital citizenship lesson. Using an example of a community social issue message for ideas, individuals then take the reins and begin to...
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Press Review

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can word choice affect a political speech? Middle and high schoolers examine the text of the 1999 State of the Union Address, and then determine how newspaper articles and television reports describe and analyze the event. Use this...
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EdTech Tuesdays: NewsBug

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Here is a great sneak peek into the NewsBug app, which curates news stories and images that are appropriate for classroom use, and is free from social media connections and in-app purchases.
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What Does the Public Know About You? --Does it Matter?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young people today have to be very careful with how they present themselves online. Show them the possible impact of their online activity and what employers might see when performing a basic search. The lesson provides a video clip...
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Researching and Compiling Survey Information

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Bring Internet research and social issues to your language arts class in this lesson. After investigating the topic "Media Violence and How It Affects Teenagers" on the Internet, middle schoolers work in groups to compile their...
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Stonewall and Beyond: Gay and Lesbian Issues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Help learners understand their own biases and how their perspectives may have been influenced by biased media sources. They keep a journal while viewing videos, exploring websites, and engaging in class discussions related to gay and...
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Law Review

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can your journalism class ensure they use social media responsibly and legally? The sixth lesson in a 16-part Social Media Toolbox series asks pupils to dig deep into the legal aspects of social media use by school publications....
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Writing an Argument: Is Electronic Communication Helpful or Harmful?

For Students 7th Standards
Technology has undoubtedly improved the lives of people around the world—but has it improved communication? Seventh graders read two informative passages about the rise of texting and emailing versus in-person conversations before...
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Twitter Time

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Tweet all about it! Junior journalists explore the Twittersphere to determine its effectiveness as a news broadcasting tool in the 12th installment of the 16-part Social Media Toolbox. Participants follow and record their observations of...
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Lesson 7: The Media

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine propaganda techniques. In this media awareness lesson plan, 12th graders discuss the types of propaganda used to sway interest or sell products. Students then read excerpts of books and news articles to analyze...
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Dear Evan Hansen: A New Musical

For Parents 6th - 12th Standards
A musical about society anxiety, loneliness, suicide, dysfunctional families, and the spread of posts on social media can open up deep conversations in a high school classroom. The 2017 Tony Award Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, takes an...
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Student Voices

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Whether it's an election year or not, a unit on voting patterns and political campaigns will awaken the civic pride in your high school citizens. Divided into six parts, the curriculum covers various facets of an election, including...
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How Is Your Gender Represented?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Does the media shape people's views on gender? Scholars use data on gender portrayal in magazines to explore the idea. They use a spreadsheet program to create bar graphs and perform a chi-square test. They also use provided data to...
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Social Media: Viral Video

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Promote your message with a viral video. Learners create a video animation describing a topic that interests them. They use the block-based coding language to achieve this goal. Online tutorials show participants how to program their...
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Linking Social Networking to Language Arts

For Teachers 4th - 10th
How to tap into students' social networking experiences to enhance learning in the language arts classroom.
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Skill Fifteen: Master Online Communication

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Social media and online networking dominates communication in today's society, and it would be a disservice to our classes not to take some time to explore this very relevant cultural phenomenon. This resource brings to light the type of...
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Authentication Beyond the Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
In an age of fake news, alternative facts, and Internet trolls it is essential that 21st Century learners develop the skills they need to authenticate the facts in viral news. Here is a great way to begin with a resource that provides...
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It's Your Paycheck

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Beyond reading and arithmetic, one of the most important skills for graduating seniors to have is fiscal literacy and responsibility. Start them on the right financial track with nine lessons that focus on a variety of important personal...
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Presidential endorsements: Newspapers decide

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders collect, organize, evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources in order to draw logical conclusions. They communicate this information using appropriate social studies terminology in oral, written or...
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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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Mean Machines

For Students 4th Standards
Reinforce reading comprehension strategies and gain insight into cyberbullying with a worksheet that offers a brief informational text about a 13-year old girl's online experience and tips for handling cyberbullies. Scholars show what...
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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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Think Before You Share

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
When you share an inappropriate post online, only your friends see it, right? A brief and engaging video cautions viewers that making the choice to send a post can impact their daily lives, as well as their future options.
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Two Sides to Every Story: Day 1

For Teachers 7th Standards
The Vietnam war protests affected every aspect of 20th century mainstream culture. Seventh graders watch various protests and analyze how each one could have influenced shifts in music and verse. They read the short story "Stop the Sun"...
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Privacy and You

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The stuff I share goes where? Social media scholars discover how sites collect and use metadata during a lesson about privacy and reputation. The activity demonstrates smart privacy settings and promotes good digital citizenship.
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WHAT INFLUENCES OUR PERCEPTION OF GENDER ROLES?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students talk about the influence of media on gender equity perception.
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Human Sexuality Unit

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders determine how mass media influences human sexuality by looking at advertisements for their sexual content and how the ads affect their decision making. After evaluating the advertisements in a PowerPoint presentation they...
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What Famous Landmarks Have You Visited?

For Students 8th - 12th
Responding to blog posts can increase written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and the use of social media as a means for discussion. Kids will compose a blog post in response to the provided article related to famous...
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This Video Will Make You Angry

For Students 7th - 12th
The things we see on the Internet are contagious. An educational video explores how one image or post on social media goes viral. Watch to see how online information spreads and sticks with the people who see it.
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Who Do You Want to Be?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Can posting art or music online lead to the career of your dreams? Inquisitive individuals consider their social media presence with a lesson from a series focusing on identity exploration and digital citizenship. Pairs put their heads...
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Now That's Beautiful!

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Your class experiences dozens of messages about beauty every day by reading magazines, watching movies, and listening to the radio. Have them analyze society's view of beauty in groups after discussing several resources, including Dove's...
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Young People and Television

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore communication by participating in a role playing lesson plan. In this media analysis lesson plan, students answer surveys about their own television watching habits and compare them to the rest of the class. Students...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: What's Replacing Our Newspapers?

For Students 9th - 12th
What is happening to print media? Use this political cartoon analysis handout to facilitate pupil exploration of the online-media takeover and the decline of newspapers. Background information gives them context, and 3 talking points...
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Become a Journalist

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Explore the newspaper as a unique entity with a detailed and extended unit. The unit requires learners to consider the newspaper's role in democracy, think about ethics, practice writing and interviewing, and examine advertising and news...
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The Bill of Rights and Supreme Court Cases Project

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Social media and United States history combine as your young historians design a Facebook page for two major defendants of landmark Supreme Court cases. The resource includes a detailed rubric for research and page design, as well as a...
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Video Games and Social Control

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can technology can be addictive? After viewing a short video called "Play," class members consider this questions, gather data on types and amount of time people spend on various technology, and draw conclusions from the information...
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Public Opinion and News Reporting

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
In theory, the stories on the front page of a newspaper are a factual reporting of events without bias, while editorial writers try to persuade readers to view events in a certain light. To test the theory, class members examine articles...
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Tag: Whose Values

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Get young people thinking about their lives and current topics of social justice, advocacy, gender, race, and identity. After examining several works by Barbara Kruger, participants select a tag with one of the questions printed on it,...
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The Hate U Give

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas became a quick hit in the young adult literature genre before its adaptation in the 2018 film of the same name. Use a thorough instructional activity, discussion guide, and series of activities to discuss...
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A Multi-Media Approach to Teaching The Grapes of Wrath

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Integrate history, math, and art into a study of The Grapes of Wrath with a series of activities that ask learners to investigate the social, political, economic, and environmental factors at play during the 1930s. Designed to be used...
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Leaders in a Media Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify ways in which the president can use various media to communicate his messages and intent. They demonstrate ways in which the news media can create public opinion.
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The Media and You

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a system to approach news articles. They analyze media content for main ideas and overall themes and summarize key points. Students draw upon personal experiences to build on ideas presented in news articles.
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Hunger Rally!

For Students 4th - 12th
Encourage scholars to take action with a service learning project created to bring awareness to world hunger. Young activists hold a rally advertised through a social media campaign to inform community members about the need for food...
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Valuing Different Views: Taking a Stand on Media Violence

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students recognize the value of multiple perspectives and differences of opinion. They build empathy and open-mindedness for other points of view. They study the complexity of social and cultural issues such as violence in media.
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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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Fact versus Opinion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Part of a series aimed at breaking down cultural bias from the Canadian Media Awareness Network, this activity identifies where opinions do and don't belong in a newspaper. Pupils review handouts about the purpose of editorial comments...
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The Impact of Gender Role Stereotypes

For Teachers 8th - 9th
One of three lessons on gender stereotype, this resource from the Media Awareness Network discusses the violence that is inflicted on men and women as they try to live up to the stereotypes of their gender. The section on women focuses...
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Social Media: Pictogram

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Picture your class working on a computer science project. An eye-catching instructional activity challenges learners to develop a program similar to that of a photo filter. It requires techies to use color, ghost, pixelate, mosaic, and...
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Elonis v. U.S.

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
With the explosion of social media sites, with online threats and cyber bullying, issues of freedom of speech have taken on a whole new aspect. Elonis v. U.S. represents the first time the Supreme Court has considered whether or not...
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Ethical Decision Making

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
When faced with a dilemma, how do journalists decide how much news to use? Social media scholars explore the philosophies of ethical resolution in the first of a 16-part Social Media Toolbox series. Partnered pupils use a Potter Box to...
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401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Sometimes the hardest thing about an argument essay writing assignment is coming up with a question. A four-page list of prompts includes a range of topics, from social media and smart phones to video games and sports. The list is a...
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Building Community Online

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why do people spend so much time on social networking websites? Class members can discover the answer to this question and learn about community through a series of activities. After exploring social media sites, pupils discuss how to...
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Broadcast News

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Just because a story is on the news doesn't mean it's being presented fairly. Analyze news broadcasts with a instructional activity focused on evaluating television journalism. At home, kids watch a news show and note the stories...
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Cyberbullying

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What can we do to make our school community more aware of cyberbullying? From The Social Media Toolbox, instructional activity 10 of 16 takes on the tough topic of bullying. Learners research cyberbullying through online research, then...
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Choosing Reliable Sources

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
It is more important than ever that 21st-century learners develop the skills they need to become savvy consumers of media. Young learners locate and identify reliable sources of information with a helpful media instructional activity.
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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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Media Bias

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Learners analyze mass media to analyze media bias. For this media bias lesson, students read example situations and definitions about media bias. Learners read and discuss how to be aware of media bias.
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Focused Learning Lesson: Civics

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students review and discuss the role of media and how it influences public opinion in politics. They complete a test and graphs over the material.
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The Media is the Lesson

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars work as a member of a creative team and develop a media campaign for a client.
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An Economic Snapshot

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Analyze the issues that affect the state of the economy. Have your class explore media reports about recent economic recessions, the housing bubble, and loan defaults in order to chart information about recessions and participate in an...
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Earthquake Education Curriculum

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
In case of earthquake, go to a safe place before posting on social media. The unit includes 12 lessons, most with hands-on activities or experiments. The first six lessons cover the physical process of earthquakes and volcanoes. Lessons...
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Click Restraint: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #9

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Internet users often find themselves going down some crazy rabbit holes. What's the best way to exercise click restraint, or self-control, when encountering new information online? A video on navigating digital information shows viewers...
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Current Events Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students investigate the current events and how the media reports them. They interpret information and determine the likelihood of its accuracy. Sections strengthen geography skills while investigating portions of the world experiencing...
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Suffrage Lesson Plan

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Has life changed for American women in the last century, or are there common themes between the lives of 21st century women and the struggle of suffragettes from the 1910s? Explore the ways media reflects the position of women in the...
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My Story and History: Peeking into the Past with Paintings

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Consider how you can use a visual source, such as a painting, to learn about a historical time or event. Young learners discuss primary sources and how they differ from secondary sources, then analyze the painting Mother and Child by...
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Influencing Attitudes

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Does propaganda—like that used during the first World War—exist today? The 11th lesson in a series of 12 highlights the role of media when it comes to influencing attitudes. Scholars learn about sensational headlines, misrepresentation...

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