Media Literacy

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The lesson introduces students to the concept of media literacy.  Children today have access to many forms of media than in the past.  The Internet, cell phones and other media can be overwhelming for students today and may positively or negatively influence their daily decisions, opinions, and life choices.  It can be difficult for students to become discerning and evaluate each form of media with their limited knowledge of the goals and role of media in the world.  The lesson helps students gain the skills needed to become more media savvy and media literate.  (Teachers should also be aware of “media literacy teaching” sites that may be biased when seeking additional resources).

Media Literacy Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Media Literacy
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the concept of media literacy.  After discussing the various types of media, the lesson describes the importance of being able to evaluate what students see in the media.  The Internet, cell phones and other media can be overwhelming for students today and may positively or negatively influence their daily decisions, opinions, and life choices.  It can be difficult for students to become discerning and evaluate each form of media with their limited knowledge of the goals and role of media in the world.  The lesson helps students gain the skills needed to become more media savvy and media literate.  (Teachers should also be aware of “media literacy teaching” sites that may be biased when seeking additional resources.)

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display actual, or images of, televisions, cell phones, Internet sites, radios, ads, and other types of media. Ask students:  What do each of the these have in common?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  Have any of them influenced you to make decisions in your life?  How?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  How do you know if something you hear, see, or read is true or false?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce media literacy to the class.
  5. Distribute Media Literacy content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use real media examples and allow students to analyze and evaluate the content as a class discussion.  Encourage students to support their comments with facts, and to ask questions about the content.
  6. Display actual, or images of, televisions, cell phones, Internet sites, radios, ads, and other types of media. Ask students:  What do each of the these have in common?
  7. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  Have any of them influenced you to make decisions in your life?  How?
  8. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  How do you know if something you hear, see, or read is true or false?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce media literacy to the class.
  10. Distribute Media Literacy content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use real media examples and allow students to analyze and evaluate the content as a class discussion.  Encourage students to support their comments with facts, and to ask questions about the content.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Reading