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Intermediate Senior English

Resources for teaching English at the intermediate-senior level.

Media Literacy


NCTE Media Literacy Online Lessons

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Audience, Purpose, and Language Use in Electronic Messages
This lesson explores the language of electronic messages and how it affects other writing.

Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda? Analyzing World War II Posters
In this lesson plan, students analyze World War II posters, chosen from online collections, to explore how argument, persuasion, and propaganda differ.

Comic Makeovers: Examining Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Media
In this lesson, students explore representations of race, class, ethnicity, and gender by analyzing comics over a two-week period and then re-envisioning them with a "comic character makeover."

Exploring Satire with The Simpsons
In this lesson students identify the techniques of satire (exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody) through an analysis of visual examples of the television show, The Simpsons, and from the show’s Web site.

Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting
This twist on readers theatre invites students to prepare original news programs based on incidents in a recent reading.

Literary Scrapbooks Online: An Electronic Reader-Response Project
Students create computer-based scrapbooks, using PowerPoint or a similar program, to extend their understanding of the concepts and ideas represented in a piece of literature.

Paying Attention to Technology: Writing Technology Autobiographies
In this lesson plan, students brainstorm lists of their interactions with technology, map these interactions graphically, and compose narratives of their significant interactions with technology.

Lesson Ideas in the Education Library

Adolescents' online literacies : connecting classrooms, digital media, and popular culture: LB1044.87 .A35 2010

Bring it to class : unpacking pop culture in literacy learning: LC191 .H22 2010

Hanging out, messing around, and geeking out : kids living and learning with new media: HQ799.2.M352 H36 2010 and online

Nelson Literacy 9 and 10 Media Package: PE1121 .N4590 2011 (lesson plans)

Nelson Literacy 7 and 8: PE1121 .N458 2009 Suppl. kit (lesson plans)

Media and digital literacies in secondary schools: LB1043 .K855 2013

Media literacy in the K-12 classroom: LB1043 .B315 2012

Media literacy in the 21st cdentury classroom: LC149 .M42 2010 DVD

Media literacy, social networking, and the web 2.0 environment for the K-12 educator: LB1043 .D385 2011    

Rethinking popular culture and media: LB1027 .R455 2011                    

Teacher's guide to media literacy: Critical thinking in a multimedia world: P96.M4 S34 2012

Critical media pedagogy: Teaching for achievement in city schools: LC5141 .M67 2013

Media constructions of Martin Luther King: E185.97.K5 M385 2011

UnSpun : finding facts in a world of disinformation: BF637.D42 J33 2007:how to sift through the regular barrage of information we receive on a daily basis and identify "spin, half-truths, and outright lies".

Media literacy is elementary : teaching youth to critically read and create media: P96.M4 S53 2009

Mediacology: a multicultural approach to media literacy in the 21st century: P96.M4 L67 2008

Series on media literacy: Literacy power : Risking it all, The way I see it, The real me, Media messages, Calling planet earth, War and peace new text LB1631 .L582 2004t Language 7 new text PE1112 .P387 2008 Language 7 address the new Ontario Language curriculum for Grade 7. This resource incorporates the four strands which include oral communication, reading skills and strategies, writing, and media literacy. Unique features include differentiation and scaffolding, metacognition and reflective thinking, critical literacy, and engagement

Digital community diital citizen: LB1028.5 .O4 2010

Digital learning: Strengthening and assessing 21st century skills: LB1028.3 .S4145 2012

Critical Literacy Questions

Critical Literacy Questions for Any Text

  1. Who wrote, created, or produced this text?
  2. What assumptions does the author make about my beliefs, values, and knowledge? What tells me this?
  3. What general view of the world does the text present? Hopeful, pessimistic, cynical, etc.) Explain how you know.
  4. What voices, points of view, and perspectives are missing? How significant is their omission?
  5. What information does the author leave out? How significant is it?
  6. Who is most likely to benefit from this text?
  7. Why was this text produced?
  8. Is this text consistent with what I already know? Do I need to seek another source of information?
  9. Is the text fair? Why or why not?
(Adapted from "Adolescent Literacy Guide - A Professional Learning Resource for Literacy, grades 7-12, Ontario).