“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.

Authors and Audiences

Authors and audiences

In this chapter, you'll learn about

Becoming Authors

  • How do students come to see themselves as authors who make important choices about their own work?

Understanding Target Audiences

  • How do authors imagine target audiences as part of the composition process?

Direct and Embedded Instruction

  • How do both analysis and creative composition activities help young students think abstractly about authors and audiences?

Making Inferences

  • How does inference-making support literacy and academic achievement?
  • Why does the use of a variety of message forms (print, visual, audio, digital) help children go beyond the information given to comprehend both the purpose and the content of messages?

In the world of elementary education, when people think of the concept of authorship, names like Jon Scieszka, Maurice Sendak, Tomie DiPaola, Roald Dahl, Ezra Jack Keats, ...

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