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Are your students tired of analyzing and writing about books and articles? Do you need a new, fresh way to lead them into critical thinking and writing? The Rock Star English Teacher has the perfect unit for you! In this unit, students forget that they are learning vital skills such as vocabulary acquisition, writing, reading, researching, positive group dynamics and public speaking. In my many years of teaching, this is hands down the most popular unit that I use with my students.
The Media Literacy Unit is a 4 week unit that teaches students the history and importance of visual images in our society and how to "read" and analyze photographs just as they would the written word. Included in this unit you will find PowerPoint lectures on the history of visual images and on the use of visual techniques, activities that have your students identifying and analyzing the techniques used in visual images by the artist to convey an idea, activities that use photographs as writing prompts, lessons that have them considering the use and impact of stereotypes in the mass media, and research presentations that share current events concerning images in the mass media and the history of famous photographs in society. The unit culminates in an activity that has them taking their own photographs to create a photo essay and the students are assessed with a 50 point test (2 PowerPoint lectures, 10 activities, and 1 test). The test for the unit is a combination of matching, multiple choice and essay questions. An answer key for the test is provided.
Almost all of the activities provided can be used as stand-alone lessons/activities that can supplement your own lessons.
These materials are provided to you in "easy to use and edit" formats that allow you to customize the materials for your classroom.
This unit and the materials provided are a great way to satisfy the Speaking & Listening strands of the Common Core Standards.
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