The purpose of this unit is to explore a foundation for media literacy to develop an informed citizen. In a time where news and social networking are a ground breaking platform for reform, social change, political movements, propaganda, and consumption, global citizens need to analyze and evaluate the intricacies of media. Students need to judge websites for accurate content and relevancy to their search, and utilize multiple sources and available media in order to be an informed citizen.
This unit promotes evaluative and analytic skills that can carry over into all academics. Initially this was done in a Language Arts class, but this is a great way to teach Social Studies or Science where students need to analyze images in a textbook to aid in comprehension.
Although I did not include Common Core alignment, it most certainly fulfills all requirements at a middle school level that involve media. It also incorporates visual arts. This is EDITABLE; I know how important it is to cater each assignment to your own class.
Provided with this unit are rubrics, worksheets, a list of active websites (as of 6-6-2013), examples, and a learning log.
This was part of my Action Research Project to fulfill my master's degree. A great deal of this was inspired by my research, however, everything available was created by me. I hope you enjoy it. My students, months later, still ask to do more projects like this. It really is so much fun, they don't know they are learning!