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The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy

The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy
Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World

© 2012 | 264 pages | Corwin

Use media literacy to reach all students!

The Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy starts by asking, "What does it mean to be literate in today's world, and how can those literacy skills be developed?" The authors answer those questions by providing concrete, innovative ways to integrate media literacy across the curriculum and teach students to be independent, skilled, and reflective thinkers. Through dozens of suggested activities, teaching strategies, and lessons, this book's unique vision allows schools to

  • Integrate media literacy into teaching at all grade levels and core content areas
  • Address key education standards
  • Teach 21st-century skills and higher-order critical thinking
  • Engage students by bridging schoolwork with their lives outside the classroom

In addition to dozens of activity ideas, the text and companion website include self-reflection exercises, voices from the field, a glossary of terms, and seven annotated, original, classroom-tested lesson plans that illustrate different approaches to media literacy in the classroom. In a time of hectic schedules and ever increasing expectations, the authors help teachers reframe their instruction to focus on the skills students need to succeed in the digital age.


List of Figures and Tables, Voices from the Field, and Reflection Boxes
About the Authors
1. What Do We Mean by "Media"?
2.. What Is "Media Literacy"?
3. What Is Media Literacy Education?
4. When Are Questions the Answer? Teaching Students How to Analyze Media Messages
5. General Approaches to Teaching Media Literacy Across the Whole Curriculum
6. Integrating Media Literacy Into Specific Content Areas
7. Media Literacy Lesson Plans
8. Does It Work?
9."Sounds Great, But I Don't Have Time!" Getting Past the Barriers and Why It's Worth It
Afterword: Where Do We Go From Here?

media literacy theories supported by a generous selection of practical student
activities. For me, the book’s strongest attribute is the scaffolding
that helps students arrive at their own conclusions through critical thinking.”

Neil Andersen, Educational Consultant
Association for Media Literacy, Toronto, ON

Scheibe and Faith Rogow, both experts in the field of media literacy education,
have provided the quintessential road map for understanding media literacy and
its place in 21st-century classrooms. This extremely
valuable text belongs on the bookshelf of every teacher’s professional

Frank W. Baker, Media Literacy Consultant
Media Literacy Clearinghouse Inc, Columbia SC

does this book provide a thorough and engaging backdrop for
understanding media literacy; it also provides practical applications
for the classroom. Filled with thoughtful tips and concrete examples,
this is a book that teachers
can use right off the shelf. I will definitely provide copies for my
faculty and administrators.”

Michelle Saylor, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Staff Development
Wilson School District, West Lawn, PA

The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy is just the guide all educators would appreciate having in their personal library. Media literacy is a buzz phrase, however, this guide will turn your class abuzz with higher order questioning, inquiry and reflection discussions throughout all content areas.”

Cheryl Oakes, Resource Room Teacher and Facilitator
Wells Ogunquit Schools, ME

"I look forward to introducing this text to pre-service English and theatre educators. The balance of historical understandings, contemporary contexts, and useful examples will be a positive influence for beginning teachers who are practicing media literacy for the first time."

Amy Petersen Jensen, Professor and Co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Key features
  • Based on a 3-pronged approach to media literacy – inquiry-based, literacy-based, and curriculum driven.
  • Presents the theoretical basis behind media literacy education, including what is meant by "media" and "media literacy," the basic principles of media literacy education and its relationship to other educational approaches, and an analysis of the benefits and challenges in using media literacy in the classroom.
  • In addition to dozens of activity ideas, includes seven annotated, original, classroom-tested lesson plans that illustrate different approaches to media literacy in the classroom.
  • Suggestions for adapting lessons to match developmentally appropriate expections and assessing medial literacy skills and knowledge  

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