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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 Education?
What is media literacy education?

Media literacy education is about fashioning teaching methods that connect the dots between the vision of media literacy mapped out in the previous chapter and what actually happens in classrooms. Given the range of aspirations for media literacy, this is a significant challenge.

Many media literacy educators have defined their task primarily in terms of teaching about media, with a heavy emphasis on analyzing and critiquing media messages.1 Certainly, the ability to deconstruct a range of media forms and content is absolutely central to media literacy education, but there's much more to it than that. To achieve media literacy's broader goals for students—developing a desire to question and enabling them to be open to changing their opinions ...

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