“Many professional books talk about digital and media literacy, but this text addresses the complete continuum—from television to technology—and guides teachers to think deeply about their own preferences and beliefs, as well as those of their students to develop knowledgeable, informed media users and consumers for the 21st Century.”

—Kristin Ziemke Fastabend, First Grade Teacher

Chicago Public Schools

Give digital kids a voice!

Today's kids are digital natives, but what's the best way to help them become empowered, creative and responsible communicators across different media? Discover insights and strategies specific to children ages 5-12 in this guide from an acclaimed media literacy program: Powerful Voices for Kids. Readers will find

Thought-provoking lesson plans that reach students of all backgrounds and abilities

Use of a wide range of technology tools, including the Internet, video, and mobile apps, combined with an emphasis on online safety and development of essential critical thinking skills

Materials for teacher professional development

This innovative book is equally valuable as a resource for lesson planning or for developing a full media literacy program.

Asking Questions About Media and Popular Culture

Asking questions about media and popular culture

In this chapter, you'll learn about

Asking Questions and Getting Answers

  • What kinds of questions enable students to develop their powerful voices? How can children learn to identify an author's purpose?

What's Appropriate and Inappropriate

  • When teachers connect to students' popular culture, they help create bridges between students' in-school learning and out-of-school lives. How can teachers engage, rather than ignore or deflect, the reactions and learning opportunities that arise when popular culture enters the classroom?

Dealing with Fame, Celebrity Culture, and Social Power

  • Why do children sometimes imitate the behaviors and attitudes of famous people? How do teachers create meaningful conversations about social media like Facebook and decisions about information sharing?

The Role of Improvisation in Teaching Digital and ...

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