Media Literacy in the 21st Century

Media literacy is getting quite a bit of attention lately, as the new ELAR standards (TEKS) contain student expectations for K-12 that address media literacy. The resources posted here can help educators teach these expectations. Feel free to suggest resources by selecting the discussion tab above and adding a post.
I will include a date with each of these resources, as it is important to consider currency and validity when evaluating resources to teach our students about media. One challenging aspect of teaching about media is keeping the information current and relevant to today's students. Units that were developed in the 1990's primarily addressed television, yet many young people rarely watch television.


The UT Health Science Center has unit Analyzing Media (2007) that teachers can download. The unit has five activities written for grades 6-8. From their unit description:
After exploring the concept of media and persuasion techniques, students will design and present their own media messages using various formats to be assessed by the rubric provided at the end of the unit.

PBS has a series called In the Mix for teens, and one of their shows dealt with media literacy (1997). The episode focuses on television advertising and music videos and can be purchased on DVD from the PBS website. Check out the discussion guide for teachers and additional resources provided.

The Viewing and Representing: Media Literacy in Texas Level One and Level 2 unit was developed in 2000 as a collaborative project between TEA, Discovery Communications, and Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association.

Click! Photography Changes Everything is an initiative of the Smithsonian Institute. According to the Click! website, this series "invites the public to consider ways in which photography enables us to see, experience, and interact with the world."


Scholarly articles relating to media studies:
Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom has a listing of articles related to media studies.



Google Alert - teaching "media literacy"

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    Other Media Literacy Links (I haven't previewed any of these yet):

    Alliance for a Media Literate America
    http://www.nmec.org/
    The AMLA is a national grassroots membership organization that promotes media literacy education. They advocate media literacy education that focuses on critical inquiry, learning, and skill-building, not on media-bashing and blame.

    Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
    http://www.fair.org
    FAIR is a national media watch group that offers well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship. They use the First Amendment to advocate for greater diversity in the press and scrutinize media practices that marginalize public interest, minority, and dissenting viewpoints.

    Guerilla News Network
    http://www.guerrillanews.com/
    Guerrilla News Network is an underground news organization whose mission is to expose people to important global issues through guerrilla programming on the Web and on television.

    MEDIA MATTERS
    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/mediamatters/
    MEDIA MATTERS examines the story behind the story, addressing critical issues in reporting. Visit the Web site for interactive stories, polls, video clips, educational materials, and resources.

    NEWSHOUR On the Media Report: The Vanishing Verb
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/media/verb/index.html
    This series of articles and interviews explores how language is used in TV news reporting.

    Understanding the Impact of Media on Children and Teens
    http://www.aap.org/family/mediaimpact.htm
    This article from the American Academy of Pediatrics Web site examines the media's impact on teens.

    Center for Media Literacy
    4727 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 403
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    Phone: (323) 931-4177
    Fax (323) 931-4474

    The Media Literacy Clearinghouse
    A web page designed for K-12 educators who want to learn more about media literacy, integrate it into classroom instruction, and make their students more media aware.

    TV Planet/Rocky Mountain PBS

    Media Literacy Online Project

    New Mexico Media Literacy Project
    The Project publishes a free newsletter with a circulation of 9000.
    E-mail: mccannon@aa.edu

    Media Awareness Network
    1500 Merivale Road, Third Floor
    Nepean, ON K2E 6Z5
    Phone: (613) 224-7721 or (800) 896-3342
    Fax: (613) 224-1958
    Email: info@media-awareness.ca

    National Institute on Media and the Family
    606 24th Avenue South, Suite 606
    Minneapolis, MN 55454
    Phone: (612) 672-5437 or (888) 672-5437

    Just Think Foundation
    80 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 1
    Sausalito, CA 94965
    Phone: (415) 289-0122
    Fax: (415) 289-0123
    E-mail: think@justthink.org

    Media Education Foundation
    26 Center Street
    Northampton, MA 01060
    Phone: (800) 897-0089
    Fax (800) 659-6882