15 Resources for Teaching Media Literacy

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15 Resources for Teaching Media Literacy

With new information sources, videos, and apps popping up every day and accusations of fake news running rampant, teaching students to understand how media can influence and bias readers, viewers, and listeners is more important than ever. Media literacy experts Faith Rogow, Maureen Connolly, Vicky Giouroukakis, and Erik Palmer provide thoughts, tools, and tips for teaching media literacy, evaluating media resources, and more. Start exploring media literacy with this selection of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource®.

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Avoiding the Fake News Trap

What’s real? What’s not? With fake news on the rise, students must learn to vet what they read—from as early as 1st grade. In this article, experts share practical tips for teaching and scaffolding news literacy skills.

Media Literacy: 21st Century Skills (Book Chapter)

In this chapter from Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World, Frank Baker takes a look at what students need to know to be considered media literate and examines what modern students already know about digital media.

National Association for Media Literacy Education (Website)

NAMLE is a professional organization for media literacy educators. Membership is free, and members can read the Journal for Media Literacy Education, network with other educators, and more.

Factitious: A Game that Tests Your News Sense (Website)

Use this game with your students to test whether or not you can determine what news is real or fake.

Ten Questions for Fake News (Website)

Use the questions in this infographic to assess whether or not a piece of information is fake news.

Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens (Massive Open Online Course)

This six-week course, developed and launched by the State University of New York at Stony Brook in partnership with the University of Hong Kong, will enable participants to better identify reliable information in news reports and social media. Participants who pay for the course are eligible to receive a certificate upon completion.

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Information Is Not Singular: Three Guiding Questions for Identifying Bias (ASCD Express)

What story is being told, who’s telling it, and how would the story be different if someone else told it? Just as guiding questions can help students make sense of literature, these questions can help students root out the agenda of digital and informational texts.

Four Tips for Effective Lesson Plans on Fake News (ASCD Express)

Studies show that teens can be the most vulnerable to misleading media, despite their birthright as so-called “digital natives.” Lessons that stick with teen readers need to make a compelling case for critical literacy, reveal blind spots, go deep, and have relevant applications.

The Critical Need for Critical Literacy (ASCD Express)

When students are taught that the term nonfiction means “true,” they accept more than question and share more than verify. Asking three questions of any purportedly true text can help students identify fake news.

Critical Literacy in the Age of Clickbait (ASCD Express)

Today’s students have never known a time when information wasn’t online. But despite their digital heritage, studies show young people struggle to sort fact from fiction online. When clicking, liking, and sharing are reflexive, a new set of mental muscles needs to be activated and trained. In this issue, educators discuss the challenges in getting students to pause before reposting and offer their best advice for encouraging students to cross-check after they click.

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Achieving Next Generation Literacy: Using the Tests (You Think) You Hate to Help the Students You Love (Book)

Authors Maureen Connolly and Vicky Giouroukakis present a lesson planning approach for the secondary classroom that generates test success as a happy byproduct of comprehensive literacy learning. Along with six sample lessons, you’ll find 42 instructional techniques for developing next generation literacy and tips for differentiating each of these techniques. This book will empower you to help the students you love become capable, literate individuals who are also well-prepared to ace those high-stakes tests.

Teaching 21st Century Skills (Action Tool)

This action tool defines what students need to know and be able to do to succeed in the 21st century and includes 45 ready-to-use classroom tools for helping students learn and practice those skills.

Teaching the Core Skills of Listening and Speaking (Book)

Erik Palmer presents an approach to teaching long-neglected but essential language arts that is aligned with the Common Core but focused on preparing K–12 students in all subject areas for 21st century communication inside and beyond the classroom.

Media Literacy in Every Classroom (Quick Reference Guide)

Longtime leaders in media literacy education share an inquiry-based approach to media analysis that teaches students how to think without telling them what to think.

Researching in a Digital World: How do I teach my students to conduct quality online research? (ASCD Arias)

A step-by-step guide for teaching students at all grade levels to conduct deeper, smarter, and more responsible research in an online environment.

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