Deconstructing Media Messages

What are media messages really saying? Scholars use the seventh installment from an extensive digital media literacy set to answer the question. They discover how to deconstruct media messages by asking about the source, recognizing attention-grabbing techniques, and analyzing subtext.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide several examples of media messages and challenge small groups to decode them
  • Have pupils keep a list of helpful techniques for reaching their own conclusions while online
Classroom Considerations
  • Individuals require headphones and computer access if completing the activity independently 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Provides a supplemental text-based lesson 
  • Includes helpful, reinforcing images 
Cons
  • None