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Analyzing and Evaluating Media Lesson
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The goal for this unit is to have students analyze a variety of sources on a current events subject of their interest, identify the different perspectives, and defend their own position.This is one lesson from a larger unit on Evaluating Media. This unit will also cover identifying credible sources, analyzing fake news and the role of propaganda, identifying the different ways news is communicated in different communities. This unit will take place in the beginning of the school year to help instill evaluative and critical thinking research skills as we discuss and explore our big ideas throughout the school year. The end goal is to have students create a digital resource for their topic that we can share out as an educational tool for others. We’ll be creating a padlet that links to all of their presentations (students will have their choice in medium, as long as it is digital) that we will share with our school community and ideally can connect and share with other schools and students. There is also a possibility of using PenPalSchools to share out final resources, but that would depend on getting approval from the district to utilize that website.

Subject:
History
Social Science
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Homework/Assignment
Author:
Chelsea Leonard
Date Added:
06/28/2021
Artists, Information Literacy & Climate Change
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This unit explores the various ways information and ideas about climate change are presented through a variety of media. This includes the evaluation of social media posts, research into climate change issues, and an exploration of contemporary art and artists. This was designed and taught in an honors 9th grade English Language Arts Classroom by Dr. Tavia Quaid in response to student interest in climate change and to reinforce key information literacy skills.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Visual Arts
Environmental Studies
Reading Informational Text
Measurement and Data
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Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
04/21/2021
Common Sense Media- Deep Fakes and Democracy Lesson
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**The resource is published by Common Sense EducationCommon Sense Education has created the Deep Fakes and Democracy lesson plan to educate students on how misinformation influences the Democratic process. Common Sense also has a broader section on Hoaxes and Fakes in its Digital Citizenship Curriculum: https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/lesson/hoaxes-and-fakes

Subject:
Information Science
Political Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Cyber Citizenship Initiative
Date Added:
08/12/2021
Deepfakes: Exploring Media Manipulation
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Students examine what deepfakes are and consider the deeper civic and ethical implications of deepfake technology. In an age of easy image manipulation, this lesson fosters critical thinking skills that empower students to question how we can mitigate the impact of doctored media content. This lesson plan includes a slide deck and brainstorm sheet for classroom use.

Subject:
Film and Music Production
Speaking and Listening
World History
General Law
Political Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
08/06/2019
Dis/Information
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In a world of 24-hour news cycles, social media, and deep fakes it is difficult to discern what is true, what is opinion, and what is out-right false. The ability and habit of fact-checking information is increasingly important in light of recent global health crises and upcoming elections. This course will cover strategies for identifying misleading media, fact-checking news, and engaging in critical discussions about the information that we consume and share. This course is designed to dicussion-based and focused on personal reflection and practice. This course was created for the Honors Program at NC State University

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
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Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Syllabus
Author:
Hannah Rainey
Lara Fountaine
Shaun Bennett
Date Added:
03/17/2021
Fact or Fiction: Detecting Fake News on the World Wide Web
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Fake News on the WebThis unit showcases lessons about Fake News, how students can learn to recongnize legitimate news stories from the fake stuff, and why recognizing the truth on the internet is so important.

Subject:
Information Science
Journalism
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Author:
Karen Schlekeway
Date Added:
06/09/2020
Fact or Fiction? Evaluating Media in a “Post-Truth” World
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In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries chose "post-truth" as the word of the year. As literacy has shifted from published hardcopy to an online landscape, it is more important than ever to engage and empower students in navigating the complicated battleground of fake news verses responsible, fact-based news. In this multi-day lesson, students will 1) examine terms associated with “fake news” and evaluate sources for their reliability and authenticity, and 2) develop a set of norms for responsible use of online news sources that spans academic and personal interaction with media.Cover image: "Fake news" by pixel2013 from Pixabay.com

Subject:
Information Science
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Alyssa King
MSDE Admin
Date Added:
08/01/2018
Fake News: Bias in the Media
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The media plays an important role in how you interpret current events. The news media can use particular wording to sway public opinion. This seminar will help you build necessary skills to analyze and understand the media you consume to help you make informed decisions.StandardsCC.8.5.9-10.F: Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.CC.8.5.9-10.I Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.CC.1.2.11-12.D Evaluate how an author’s point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.CC.1.2.11-12.F Evaluate how words and phrases shape meaning and tone in texts.

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Reading Informational Text
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
01/02/2018
How does the media impact our view of the role of government during times of national crisis
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How does the media influence peoples’ opinion of the government during a national crisis? Students will read several articles on a current (or historical) national crisis and write an argumentative essay analyzing how the media influences the opinion of the people toward the government during a national crisis using relevant evidence from both current and historical resources.

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Reading Informational Text
U.S. History
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Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Dawn Wood
Date Added:
06/29/2020
Identifying Media Bias in News Sources
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Identifying Media Bias in News Sources through activites using relevant news sources to answer the following essential question:Why is this important and relevant today?Students are engaging with a growing number of news sources and must develop skills to interpret what they see and hear.Media tells stories with viewpoints and biases that shape our worldviews.Students must become critical consumers of media which is essential for being an informed citizen.

Subject:
Journalism
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Political Science
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Sandra Stroup
Sally Drendel
Greg Saum
Heidi Morris
Date Added:
10/13/2019
Identifying Media Bias in News Sources for Middle School
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Every media source has a story to tell--a driving purpose. The media that people consume largely shapes their world views. The US public is becoming more divided partially due to the consumption of increasingly biased news. As a critical consumer of media, It is important to be able to separate fact from opinion. In this unit, adapted from the high school version, students will become critical consumers of news, by identifying media bias in order to become better informed citizens.  NOTE: This unit has been adapted for use at the middle school level from the resource Identifying Media Bias in News Sources by Sandra Stroup, Sally Drendel, Greg Saum, and Heidi Morris.

Subject:
Journalism
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Political Science
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Author:
Amanda Schneider
Sandra Stroup
Sally Drendel
Heidi Morris
Megan Shinn
Date Added:
05/13/2021
Introduction to Civic Online Reasoning for Distance Learning
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This collection of lessons represent adapted and remixed instructional content for teaching media literacy and specifically civic online reasoning through distance learning. These lessons take students through the steps necessary to source online content, verify evidence presented, and corroborate claims with other sources.

The original lesson plans are the work of Stanford History Education Group, licensed under CC 4.0. Please refer to the full text lesson plans at Stanford History Education Group’s, Civic Online Reasoning Curriculum for specifics regarding background, research findings, and additional curriculum for teaching media literacy in the twenty-first century.

Subject:
Information Science
Business and Communication
Journalism
Educational Technology
Reading Informational Text
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Author:
Adrienne Williams
Heather Galloway
Morgen Larsen
Rachel Obenchain
Stanford History Education Group-Civic Online Reasoning Project
Date Added:
06/08/2020
Introduction to Visual Media Literacy
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This social media literacy unit introduces students to foundational skills in analyzing images and social media posts. It also reenforces critical thinking questions that can be applied to various forms of media. This unit was taught to 9th grade students but is easily adaptible to a range of secondary classrooms. It was also taught in conjunction with another unit focused on social media platforms and content.

Subject:
Graphic Arts
Communication
Marketing
Electronic Technology
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
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Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
12/30/2020
Let's Get Social: Analyzing Social Media Platforms
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This unit engages students in a variety of activities that analyze and reflect on the role of social media in our everyday lives. This includes options for collaborative group work, reading nonfiction articles, a design challenge and presentations to communicate ideas. The unit also includes a formal writing assessment option that aligns with the Common Core State Writing Standards. Activities can be adapted or combined in a variety of ways to support student reflection and analysis. These lessons were piloted in 9th grade English classes but are suitable or a range of secondary students. 

Subject:
Communication
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
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Unit of Study
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
02/08/2021
Media Literacy Challenge: Writing Your Own Argument
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This lesson will challenge learners to critically read and evaluate news articles presenting different positions on a single issue that the learner takes interest in. The learner will then be challenged to formulate their own opinion by refining their own argument on the issue. The target audience of learners for this lesson constitute the Career and College Readiness Standards Grade Level E (9-12) in their reading and writing abilities. Learners will hone practical skills by engaging in this lesson, such as how to critically engage with news and media, being able to succinctly summarize larger pieces of information, and using information to write a structured argument based on their own opinions. These skills will have practical applications for everyday life, reading and writing the GED, and when applying for jobs that require information processing.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Christopher Klune
Date Added:
06/24/2016
Propaganda & Animal Farm
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This unit is designed to accompany the study of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Resources encourage students to recognize a variety of propaganda techniques and to connect those techniques to media that they can find in their everyday lives. Resources also help students to understand the historical uses of propaganda by governments and political parties to influence public opinion. Resources can be used independently of the novel.

Subject:
Graphic Arts
Literature
Communication
Graphic Design
Composition and Rhetoric
World History
Political Science
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Lesson
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
05/29/2021
Reading Media: Analyzing Logos, Ads, & Film in the ELA classroom
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This media literacy unit was designed and piloted with junior English classes at the start of the school year. Activities can easily be adapted to suit secondary students at various levels. Within the unit, students analyze corporate logos, corporate advertising, movie trailers and stereotypes found in media related to Native American culture. Within the unit, students also learn how to consider the ways in which media appeals to ethos, pathose and logos and how to identify the tone of a piece of media. 

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Graphic Arts
Communication
Marketing
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
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Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
03/30/2021
Sponsorship: This Message Brought to You By...
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Students will identify and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of sponsorship in online content and information. This lesson is part of a media unit curated at our Digital Citizenship website, "Who Am I Online?"

Subject:
Communication
Marketing
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Beth Clothier
John Sadzewicz
Dana John
Angela Anderson
Date Added:
06/27/2020
Two Truths and a Lie Online: Media Literacy for Young Adults
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The internet is full of false information and ads. Sometimes it can be challenging to decipher the validity of content. It is important to learn how to critically evaluate online material for several reasons: you want to know what type of information is trustworthy online, you want to be an informed digital citizen, and you want to ensure that the information that you are using for a school assignment is factual. The purpose of “Two Truths and a Lie Online” is to teach you how to critically evaluate online resources so that you can be both an informed consumer and producer of digital content.

Subject:
Information Science
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Deirdre Grace
Erica Hargreave
Jeff Tan
Sarah McLean
Date Added:
01/22/2021
Verifying Social Media Posts
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 Verifying social media posts is quickly becoming a necessary endeavor in everyday life, let alone in the world of education. Social media has moved beyond a digital world which connects with friends and family and has become a quick and easy way to access news, information, and human interest stories from around the world. As this state of media has become the "new normal," especially for our younger generations, we, educators, find ourselves charged with a new task of teaching our students how to interact with and safely consume digital information.The following three modules are designed to be used as stand-alone activities or combined as one unit, in which the lessons can be taught in any order. "Who Said What?!" is a module focusing on author verification. "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words'' is a module devoted to image verification. "Getting the Facts Straight" is a module designed to dive into information verification. Lastly, there are assessment suggestions to be utilized after completing all three modules.

Subject:
Journalism
Reading Informational Text
U.S. History
World History
Cultural Geography
Political Science
Sociology
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandra Stroup
Megan Shinn
Amanda Schneider
Date Added:
11/04/2020
The War of the Worlds, Fake News, and Media Literacy Primary Source Unit
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The following unit offers multiple entry points into developing an understanding of media literacy. The unit framework and primary sources can be integrated into classrooms of grades 4-12. Each lesson has student objectives that can be accomplished within 40 minute periods over the course of several weeks. A midpoint writing assessment, whole class capstone debate, and final independent writing assessment are included. Support materials are integrated into the lessons, and the primary source document pages can be found at the end of the unit guide.

Subject:
Information Science
Literature
Communication
Journalism
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
U.S. History
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
The Rockefeller Archive Center
Date Added:
12/05/2019
The War of the Worlds, Fake News, and Media Literacy Primary Source Unit
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The following unit offers multiple entry points into developing an understanding of media literacy. The unit framework and primary sources can be integrated into classrooms of grades 4-12. Each lesson has student objectives that can be accomplished within 40 minute periods over the course of several weeks. A midpoint writing assessment, whole class capstone debate, and final independentwriting assessment are included. Support materials are integrated into the lessons, and the primary source document pages can be found at the end of the unit guide.

Subject:
Information Science
Arts and Humanities
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
History
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
The Rockefeller Archive Center
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Who Am I Online?
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Students will look at social medias and what identities are crafted in those formats, both for social media celebrities and their own digital footprints. This lesson is part of a media unit curated at our Digital Citizenship website, "Who Am I Online?"

Subject:
Communication
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Beth Clothier
John Sadzewicz
Dana John
Angela Anderson
Date Added:
06/13/2020
Youth & Media- What Is Verification? Lesson
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This resource is published by Youth & Media.This learning experience has been created by Youth and Media and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. For more information, please visit: http://dlrp.berkman.harvard.edu/about. This "What Is Verification?" learning experience is inspired by the “Quick Start To Verifying Online Media” and “Verification Training For Journalists” courses by Dr. Claire Wardle at First Draft, available here.

Subject:
Information Science
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Author:
Cyber Citizenship Initiative
Date Added:
08/12/2021