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Media Construction of the Middle East
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This kit covers stereotyping of Arab people, the Arab/Israeli conflict, the war ...

This kit covers stereotyping of Arab people, the Arab/Israeli conflict, the war in Iraq and militant Muslim movements. Students will learn core information and vocabulary about the historical and contemporary Middle East issues that challenge stereotypical, simplistic and uninformed thinking, and political and ethical issues involving the role of media in constructing knowledge, evaluating historical truths, and objectivity and subjectivity in journalism.

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
Journalism
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Ithaca College
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Project Look Sharp
Author:
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry
Global Media Perspectives
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This kit provides the materials and background information needed to engage students ...

This kit provides the materials and background information needed to engage students in a dynamic and constructive process of learning how global media perspectives differ based on country of production, media source, target audience, and political and social context. There are five lessons representing important issues and media documents from: Africa (news and documentary film clips about the food crisis), Latin America (editorial cartoons about immigration), Europe (news and documentary film clips about Islam and cultural identity), India (magazine covers about India's rise in the global economy), and Southeast Asia (websites concerning Islamic majorities and minorities).

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
Journalism
Film and Music Production
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Ithaca College
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Project Look Sharp
Author:
Sox Sperry
The Impact of Nuclear Fallout
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Earl Ubell is a pioneer among science and health writers in America. ...

Earl Ubell is a pioneer among science and health writers in America. After a long, distinguished career at The New York Herald Tribune from 1943 to 1966, he went on to work at both CBS and NBC News. Prominent in the emerging scientific writing community in the 1950s and early 1960s, he was a recipient of the Lasker Medical Journalism Award 1957. Milton Stanley Livingston was a leading physicist in the field of magnetic resonance accelerators. Working first with professor Ernest O. Lawrence at the University of California, Livingston was instrumental in the development of the Berkeley cyclotron. Moving to Cornell in 1938, Livingston was part of the core group who established nuclear physics as a field of study. Choosing to stay with the Cornell cyclotron rather than follow colleagues onto the Manhattan Project, Livingston was involved in the production of radioisotopes for medical purposes. At the time of this interview, Livingston was director of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator, a joint project of Harvard University and MIT.In this program segment Louis Lyons quizzes Earl Ubell about the lack of public knowledge and the perception of the nuclear bomb, while pressing Professor Livingston to explain exactly what nuclear fallout is, and the danger it presents.

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Environmental Science
Arts and Humanities
Journalism
Higher Education
Physics
Political Science
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Primary Source
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PBS LearningMedia
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WGBH Open Vault
Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns
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This curriculum kit helps to teach about the role of media in ...

This curriculum kit helps to teach about the role of media in 28 U.S. elections ranging from 1800-2008. Over 160 media documents are included for decoding, including slides of posters, handbills and political cartoons; audio clips of songs and radio programs; and video clips of speeches, debates, comedy TV and political commercials. Students will learn how to analyze historical documents, the history of presidential campaigns, the crafting and marketing of campaign messages, and the impact of new technologies and new media on presidential campaigns.

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Arts and Humanities
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Ithaca College
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Project Look Sharp
Author:
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry
Reaching Out  Child Welfare Practice Journal
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This resource provides access to each edition of the Northern California Training ...

This resource provides access to each edition of the Northern California Training Academy's child welfare practice journal Reaching Out.

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Career and Technical Education
Education
Social Science
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Primary Source
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OER Commons
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Open Author Resources
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Northern California Training Academy
Special Topics in Cinematic Storytelling, Spring 2004
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Seminar explores approaches to representation for very distributed cinematic storytelling. The relationship ...

Seminar explores approaches to representation for very distributed cinematic storytelling. The relationship between story creation and story appreciation is analyzed. Readings are drawn from literary, cinematic criticism, as well as from artist's descriptions of interactive, distributed works. Students analyze a range of storytelling techniques, develop a previsualization, story construction, or audience participation model. Individual or group final projects.

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Literature
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Davenport, Glorianna
The Creative Spark, Fall 2004
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Creative activity (isn't) the icing on the cake. Human creativity is the ...

Creative activity (isn't) the icing on the cake. Human creativity is the cake. (Jerry Hirschberg) Creativity - "The mastery of information and skills in the service of dreams" (Hirschberg) - is much prized in the arts, science, business and the classroom. What does the creative process look like? Under what conditions does it flourish - what ignites the creative spark? Attempting to answer these questions, this class explores ways creativity has been understood in Western culture: what we prize and fear about creativity and its wellsprings; how writers, artists, scientists and inventors have described their own creative processes; how psychologists and philosophers have theorized it; ways in which creativity has been represented in Western culture, particularly in 20th century films; and creativity in everyday life, including our own lives. Readings include portions of psychologist Rollo May's The Courage To Create, and essays by Joan Didion, John Updike, Alice Walker, Oliver Sacks, and others. In addition, we'll watch video profiles of choreographer Paul Taylor, architect Maya Lin, and jazz musician Dave Brubeck. We'll keep journals in which we note our own observations and reflections on creative process. We will also watch a film together as a class one evening early in the term.

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Arts and Humanities
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Boiko
Karen
Documentary Photography and Photo Journalism: Still Images of A World In Motion, Spring 2016
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Designed to increase students' understanding of, appreciation for, and ability to do ...

Designed to increase students' understanding of, appreciation for, and ability to do documentary photography and photojournalism. Each three-hour class is divided between a discussion of issues and readings, and a group critique of students' projects. Students must have their own photographic equipment and be responsible for processing and printing: either by student or commercial lab. Students must show basic proficiency with their equipment. Readings include Susan Sontag, Robert Coles, Ken Light, Eugene Richards, and others. Previous photographic experience required.

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Journalism
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Colen, B. D.
English Language Arts, Grade 11
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The 11th grade learning experience consists of 7 mostly month-long units aligned ...

The 11th grade learning experience consists of 7 mostly month-long units aligned to the Common Core State Standards, with available course material for teachers and students easily accessible online. Over the course of the year there is a steady progression in text complexity levels, sophistication of writing tasks, speaking and listening activities, and increased opportunities for independent and collaborative work. Rubrics and student models accompany many writing assignments.

Throughout the 11th grade year, in addition to the Common Read texts that the whole class reads together, students each select an Independent Reading book and engage with peers in group Book Talks. Students move from learning the class rituals and routines and genre features of argument writing in Unit 11.1 to learning about narrative and informational genres in Unit 11.2: The American Short Story. Teacher resources provide additional materials to support each unit.

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English Language Arts
English Language Arts
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Full Course
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Pearson
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Unit 2
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In this unit, students will explore great works of American literature and ...

In this unit, students will explore great works of American literature and consider how writers reflect the time period in which they write. They will write two literary analysis papers and also work in groups to research and develop anthologies of excellent American stories.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Students read and analyze stories from several 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American authors. After researching a time period, they select stories from that period to create an anthology. The readings enhance their understanding of the short story, increase their exposure to well-known American authors, and allow them to examine the influence of social, cultural, and political context.
Students examine elements of short stories and have an opportunity for close reading of several American short stories. During these close readings, they examine the ways that short story writers attempt to explore the greater truths of the American experience through their literature.

GUIDING QUESTIONS

These questions are a guide to stimulate thinking, discussion, and writing on the themes and ideas in the unit. For complete and thoughtful answers and for meaningful discussions, students must use evidence based on careful reading of the texts.

If you were to write a short story about this decade, what issues might you focus on?
What defines a short story? Just length?
To what extent do these stories reflect the era or decade in which they were written?
To what extent are the themes they address universal?

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History.com has short videos on the Vietnam War (“Vietnam” and “A Soldier's Story”).

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English Language Arts
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Unit of Study
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Pearson
Media Constructions of Sustainability: Fingerlakes
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This kit explores how sustainability within the Finger Lakes region of New ...

This kit explores how sustainability within the Finger Lakes region of New York has been presented in the media with a particular focus on issues related to food, water and agriculture. Each of the seven lessons integrates media literacy and critical thinking with key knowledge and concepts related to sustainability. This kit is a companion to the nineteen-lesson collection, Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water and Agriculture.

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Arts and Humanities
Journalism
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Activity/Lab
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Reading
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Provider:
Ithaca College
Provider Set:
Project Look Sharp
Author:
Sox Sperry
Ida B. Wells and Anti-Lynching Activism
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This collection uses primary sources to explore Ida B. Wells and anti-lynching ...

This collection uses primary sources to explore Ida B. Wells and anti-lynching activism. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

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U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
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Primary Source
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Digital Public Library of America
Provider Set:
Primary Source Sets
Author:
Samantha Gibson
Hands-on Science and Literacy Lessons About Birds
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This article provides links to lessons and units about birds, bird characteristics, ...

This article provides links to lessons and units about birds, bird characteristics, and penguins. Ideas for literacy integration are included, and all lessons are aligned to national standards.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
The Science Essay, Spring 2009
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" The science essay uses science to think about the human condition; ...

" The science essay uses science to think about the human condition; it uses humanistic thinking to reflect on the possibilities and limits of science and technology. In this class we read and practice writing science essays of varied lengths and purposes. We will read a wide variety of science essays, ranging across disciplines, both to learn more about this genre and to inspire your own writing. This semester's reading centers on "The Dark Side," with essays ranging from Alan Lightman's "Prisoner of the Wired World" through Robin Marantz Henig's cautionary account of nano-technology ("Our Silver-Coated Future") to David Quammen's investigation of diseases that jump from animals to humans ("Deadly Contact")."

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
Journalism
Educational Technology
Ecology
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Boiko, Karen
Great Power Military Intervention, Fall 2013
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This course examines systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power military interventions, ...

This course examines systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power military interventions, and candidate military interventions, into civil wars from the 1990s to the present. These civil wars did not easily fit into the traditional category of vital interest. These interventions may therefore tell us something about broad trends in international politics including the nature of unipolarity, the erosion of sovereignty, the security implications of globalization, and the nature of modern western military power.

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Journalism
Political Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Peterson, Roger
Posen, Barry
Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water & Agriculture
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This kit explores how sustainability has been presented in the media with ...

This kit explores how sustainability has been presented in the media with a particular focus on issues related to food, water and agriculture. Each of the 19 lessons integrates media literacy and critical thinking into lessons about different aspect of sustainability. Constant themes throughout the kit include social justice, climate change, energy, economics and unintended consequences.

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Arts and Humanities
Journalism
Agriculture
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Assessment
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Provider:
Ithaca College
Provider Set:
Project Look Sharp
Author:
Sox Sperry
Media Construction of War
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This kit analyzes Newsweek coverage of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and ...

This kit analyzes Newsweek coverage of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and the War in Afghanistan. Students will learn core information about the wars in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan, how media influences public opinion of current events, and how to ask key media literacy questions and identify bias in the news.

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Journalism
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
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Provider:
Ithaca College
Provider Set:
Project Look Sharp
Author:
Chris Sperry
Principles and Practice of Science Communication, Spring 2006
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Develop skills as science communicators through projects and analysis of theoretical principles. ...

Develop skills as science communicators through projects and analysis of theoretical principles. Case studies explore the emergence of popular science communication over the past two centuries and consider the relationships among authors, audiences and media. Project topics are identified early in the term and students work with MIT Museum staff. Projects may include physical exhibits, practical demonstrations, or scripts for public programs.

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Arts and Humanities
Journalism
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Full Course
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Syllabus
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Durant, John
Shelley's Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family
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Few families enjoy such a remarkable reputation for their contribution to the ...

Few families enjoy such a remarkable reputation for their contribution to the literature and intellectual life of Britain as the Godwins and the Shelleys. The Bodleian online exhibition 'Shelley's Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family' explores how the reputation of this great literary family was shaped by the selective release of documents and manuscripts into the public domain. It also provides a fascinating insight into the real lives of a family that was blessed with genius but marred by tragedy. This series of brief audio recordings include readings from journals, letters, poems, and other writings.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Oxford
Provider Set:
University of Oxford Podcasts
Author:
Annabell James
Christopher Adams
Hannah Morrell
Henry Cockburn
Hoare Nairne
Jordan Saxby
Nouran Koriem
Writing Commons
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Writing Commons aspires to be a community for writers, a creative learning ...

Writing Commons aspires to be a community for writers, a creative learning space for students in courses that require college-level writing, a creative, interactive space for teachers to share resources and pedagogy. Our primary goal is to provide the resources and community students need to improve their writing, particularly students enrolled in courses that require college-level writing. As mentioned in 'About Us', we believe learning materials should be free for all students and teachers‰ part of the cultural commons. Hence, we provide free access to an award-winning, college textbook that was published by a major publisher and awarded the Distinguished Book Award by Computers and Composition: an International Journal.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
Writing Commons