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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.

What Do We Mean by Media?
What do we mean by media?

Those of us who live in developed nations are surrounded by media. From the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, media are part of our environment. They are so integrated into our lives that most people—even media-literate people—don't pay conscious attention to the majority of media messages that they encounter. Since people can't think critically about things they don't notice, a natural first step in media literacy education is to increase students’ awareness of the role media play in their lives. CP3.6

To explore this point, we need to be clear about what we mean by media. That term can have different meanings depending on the context (for example, in art it ...

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