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Use media literacy to reach all students!

The Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy starts by asking, “What does it mean to be literate in today's world, and how can those literacy skills be developed?” The authors answer those questions by providing concrete, innovative ways to integrate media literacy across the curriculum and teach students to be independent, skilled, and reflective thinkers. Through dozens of suggested activities, teaching strategies, and lessons, this book's unique vision allows schools to: Integrate media literacy into teaching at all grade levels and core content areas; Address key education standards; Teach 21st-century skills and higher-order critical thinking; Engage students by bridging schoolwork with their lives outside the classroom

In addition to dozens of activity ideas, the text and companion website include self-reflection exercises, voices from the field, a glossary of terms, and seven annotated, original, classroom-tested lesson plans that illustrate different approaches to media literacy in the classroom. In a time of hectic schedules and ever increasing expectations, the authors help teachers reframe their instruction to focus on the skills students need to succeed in the digital age.


It is an exciting time to be a teacher. For only the second time in human history, the very nature of what it means to be literate is shifting, and that shift is being played out in schools and libraries across the world.

The first shift, ignited by the invention of the printing press, was about who should be literate. The new capacity for mass production challenged the idea of literacy as the province of a select elite and revealed the power that the ability to read and write gave to those who possessed it. That revelation was so compelling that Church officials persecuted printers, fearing that their authority would be undermined if everyone could read (and interpret) the Bible for themselves, and in early ...

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