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Instructional Materials in Media Literacy/Studies

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Media Literacy/Studies. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Advertising in the Media Theme Page

History of Film Theme Page

Journalism Theme Page

Violence in the Media Theme Page

General Media Literacy/Studies Resources

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Case Studies Index
Over 30 case studies in Media Management and Sales from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Many of the issues that these address would be suitable for high school students.

Critical Thinking and Alternative Viewpoints Page
This grade 4/5 unit plan from a University of Victoria education student challenges students to understand viewpoints that are different than what the media and society tell us are true. Seven lessons help them to learn focus on searching for the truth using multi media such as the Internet. Warning: This is a Geocities site which means that you'll get intrusive and annoying advertising every time you load a page.

[The] Cronkite Report: Headlines and Sound Bites
These resources from the Discovery Channel helps students understand how news is selected, created, packaged, and presented. The intent is to give them an awareness of the factors that contribute to television news production and distribution

Electric Snow: TV in Our Time
This 1998 ThinkQuest award winner's resources are intended for Media Literacy students in grades 7 to 12. There are four sections: In "Protect" students learn about government regulations concerning the quality and content of television programs and advertising. Articles and activities in the the "Influence" section raise awareness of the ways that television tries to influence people. Television programming is the focus of the "Entertain and Inform" section while the effect of television is explored in "You." Informational content is supplemented by discussion boards, surveys, questionnaires, simulations, and help files. Teachers will find lesson plans to support all four sections as well.

Enhancing Learning through Imaging (Kodak)
From the home page, click on "K-12 solutions" and then on "Lesson Plans" to find teacher prepared lesson plans on how to integrate media arts across the curriculum. The lesson plans cover many different subject areas including arts, sciences, and social studies.

Graphic Design
Here's a sixteen hour teaching unit intended for senior high school students. "No prior knowledge of graphic design is necessary to teach this unit. The unit begins with analysing graphic design in the world around us and moves through concepts in graphic design and methods of production. Midway through the unit, using computers in graphic is emphasized and two assignments are given for students to work in this area. There are six lessons and three assignments."

Media and Behavior
A multidisciplinary grade 7/8 teaching unit in which students assess media from an objective point of view while looking at their own attitudes and behaviors to determine how they are affected by media influences.

Media Awareness Network
The Media Awareness Network offers practical resources for teaching media literacy in Canadian classrooms, including sections titled "What's Hot" (information of interest to educators), "Teaching Media" (lesson plans and suggestions), "Multimedia Library" (teaching resources), "Support for Teachers" (links to media organizations), and "Educational Issues" (topical information).

[The] Media: Lesson Plans
The Israeli English Teachers Network provides four lesson plans: The Detroit News - Feature Story and Comprehension Questions ; Magazine Ads and You the Teenager; Propaganda Techniques; and, Television and Violence.

Media Literacy Online Project: Lesson Plans
This University of Oregon site has links to their own lesson plans as well as to those of other organizations. Lessons are organized under headings of: advertising; drugs and media; media production; news reporting; photography & visual arts; writing, scripting and plot development; and related lesson plan collections.

Media Production
This site has a nine week middle school media production course. Included are: objectives, materials needed, course outline, day-by-day lesson plans and sample class handouts. Warning: This is a Geocities site which means that you'll get intrusive and annoying advertising every time you load a page.

Messages and Meanings
Over a dozen student activity sheets that teachers can adapt for use in a unit on media studies. There are four themes: Accessing Media Messages; Analyzing Media Messages; Evaluating Media Messages; and Communicating Media Messages.

New York Times Learning Network
A variety of Media Studies lesson plans for students in grades 6-12 which use a New York Times article as a starting point.

Prevention Dimensions: Get the Message
A three day lesson plan in which students identify and recognize the consequences of the social and psychological pressures and enticements used in tobacco, alcohol, and other drug advertising.

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