Media Literacy: Motives and Credible Sources in Current Events Coverage

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One of the major challenges in teaching media literacy skills revolves around helping students see past their personal ideological blind spots to evaluate the credibility of any particular report. The pervasive tendency to label sources of information as credible or not often sets up a power struggle over “good” or “bad” sources and shuts down honest intellectual evaluation of the informative and persuasive aspects of press reports. This lesson, created by Shawneen Morrison, is one of a suite of media literacy lessons designed to bypass ideological power struggles over the credibility of sources. The lesson begins with the suggestion that the motivation behind a report can strongly impact its quality, even if the source is generally credible. Subsequently, students are charged with analyzing the impact of press venue on likely reporting motive. Finally, students use this analysis to create a Venn diagram of common traits in credible and unreliable reporting.

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:

• Common Core Alignment
• Instructor Discussion Guide
• Lesson Instructions
• Student Handout on Recognizing Motives
• Student Homework Media Assignment
• Concluding Group Activity and Discussion

FOR A FUN INTRODUCTORY LESSON ON CREDIBLE SOURCES PREVIEW:

CREDIBLE SOURCES IN THE MEDIA

HELP STUDENTS RECOGNIZE LOGICAL FALLACIES AS A TOOL OF PROPAGANA:

MEDIA LITERACY: LOGICAL FALLACIES AS PROPAGANDA IN CURRENT EVENTS


PREVIEW AN ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS SIMULATION THAT REQUIRES STUDENTS TO SPIN FACTUAL DATA HERE:

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS SIMULATION: POPULATION, CONSUMPTION, AND GLOBAL WARMING

CLICK THE TITLES BELOW FOR FREE DATA SHEETS FROM MY STORE THAT CAN BE USED TO CROSS REFERENCE DATA IN THE NEWS:

GLOBAL CULTURAL DEMOGRAPHICS DATA SHEET
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL DATA SET: POPULATION, CONSUMPTION, CARBON EMISSIONS

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Seven Motives in the Popular Press by Shawneen Morrison is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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Media Literacy:  Motives and Credible Sources in Current E
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