Share the importance of Global Media and Information Literacy Week with your students. Bring classrooms to life with MY HERO's Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan for Teachers. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
What is Media Literacy?
Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media.
Through media literacy we:
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Students read the story and watch the following interview with documentary filmmaker Jen Senko which addresses the following aspects of media literacy: understanding how media messages shape our culture and society, recognizing what the media maker wants us to believe or do, naming the techniques of persuasion used, and recognizing bias, spin, misinformation, and lies. Then consider the discussion questions and activities.
We talk to director Jen Senko about her documentary "The Brainwashing of My Dad," and how a divisive media is tearing our country apart.
Media creation is another aspect of media literacy.
Students watch the following films and read the stories to learn about the following projects bringing the power of media creation to community activists, and advocating for justice in media. Then consider the discussion questions and activities.
As founder and editor-in-chief of Women and Hollywood, Melissa Silverstein is an advocate for gender parity and inclusion in the media.
Teen Press is a short documentary about one semester of the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press program.
2. The Teen Press is a journalism program for middle and high school students. Are there any journalism opportunities in your school? Get involved and share the stories of the heroes in your school and community.
3. ChangeChitra story is about student filmmakers who are creating documentary films regarding issues that are important to them. Students consider creating a short film about an issue they find important and share the film with MY HERO. (use the MY HERO Media Arts Education resources.)
4. Melissa Silverstein talks about the lack of diversity in the field of filmmaking and the need for diverse role models. Where else is there a need for gender parity and diversity? Who is working to improve these areas? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
5. Class Activity: Students analyze the news media available in their communities and discuss the following questions: What do the media makers want people to believe? What techniques of persuasion were used? Did the news media include bias, misinformation or opinion? Were there any parts of the story not being told?
Students will develop critical thinking skills as they evaluate news sources. Students will develop communication skills as they share information about issues important to them.
The Global Media and Information Literacy Week lesson plan was created by MY HERO Teacher and Learning Circle Director Laura Nietzer.
The MY HERO Project's Mediamaker Tools
Share the importance of an independent press with your students this week. Includes discussion guide and learning outcome.
This observance is a call for the world to stand together for the safety of journalists and to ensure justice
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Visit the MY HERO Calendar
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
Organizer created on 10/8/2019 8:36:15 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 12/2/2019 1:51:32 PM by Laura Nietzer