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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 Is Media Literacy?
What is media literacy?

In Chapter 1 we defined what we mean by media, so it might seem that all we have to do now is add a definition of literacy and the meaning of the phrase media literacy would be clear. But over the years, media literacy has been used in multiple ways and has come to mean very different things to different people. It's like the many variations on simple yeast breads: even when the basic ingredients are the same, different bakers can produce vastly different breads.

Defining Media Literacy: A Set of Capabilities

Over several decades, continents, and academic disciplines, a definition has emerged that characterizes media literacy as a set of capabilities applied to media messages and experiences.1 A frequently ...

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