Challenge your students to live media free!
I use this assignment with classes that have completed my package "Media Free Challenge." It can also be used without having completed the other challenge. This version asks students to be more critical and selective in their media use rather than to do completely without media.
I find this assignment to be a necessary part of any media studies unit at any level. Package includes 3 parts: 1) Instructions for the challenge, 2) daily journal and reflective writing assignment, and 3) marking rubric.
Students attempt to live without recreational media for 5 days (I change the number of days for each grade. 9's do 3; 12's do 7), including Shows (television and movies accessed by any means), Social Networking (i.e. Facebook accessed by any means), Video games (computer, phone, television), Computer (other than social networking and video games), i-Pod or mp3, Cell phone conversations, Cell phone texting (# of messages a day), and more.
Reflective writing assignment has students reflect on their media use and 1) its potential impacts if any on other aspects of their life (like reading, family, exercising, school success), and 2) the level of satisfaction with their current level of media use.
Search also for "Media Studies – Recreational Media Tracking Assignment." In this assignment, students track their media use and complete a reflective writing assignment. Students are amazed by their own results.
Search also for "Media Studies - Introduction," which introduces students to the impact media has on normalizing problematic images of femininity, masculinity, race, violence, and consumerism.
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