Defining Literacy in a Digital World

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 activities that get them thinking critically about their own literacy skills.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use to introduce a study of rhetorical devices and/or propaganda devices
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires considerable prep time to preview the websites,to gather materials and to make individual copies of the worksheet
  • The lesson is divided into three sessions
  • Prior knowledge of rhetorical devices and propaganda techniques would be helpful but not required


  • The activities encourage learners to expand their definition of text beyond the printed page

  • Although designed for high schoolers, the activities are most appropriate for younger learners and for those who have had limited exposure to media