Suggested Web Sites for Using Media Literacy and Primary Sources for Teaching ELA in the Classroom


Media Literacy Resources:

This section provides a variety of media literacy materials for teaching English Language Arts.


U.S. Creative Commons http://us.creativecommons.org/

  • A great resource that provides information on copyright laws as they apply to the U.S. Creative Commons.

Media Smarts http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy-fundamentals/media-literacy-fundamentals

  • Concepts, tips and examples on how to use media literacy in the classroom and across the curriculum.

Media Literacy Clearing House http://www.frankwbaker.com/default1.htm

  • Tons of resources under the English Language Arts Section

Read Write Think http://www.readwritethink.org/

  • Resources for teachers backed by the International Reading Association.
  • Has lesson plans and student activities organized by grade level. Search for “media literacy” to find lessons specific to critical media literacy.

Knewton http://www.knewton.com/blog/teacher-tools/how-to-use-blogs-in-your-english-classes

  • Provides a 7 Step introduction to blogging in an English classroom.
  • Offers a variety of ideas on how to engage students online.


    Hobbs, Renee. Reading the media: Media literacy in high school English. New York: Teachers College Press, 2007.

    • Shows how teachers have incorporated digital media, television, journalism, and film into the English curriculum.
    • Shows student improvement and increased motivation in the classroom.

    Golden, John, and William Costanzo. Reading in the reel world: Teaching documentaries and other nonfiction texts. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2006.

    • Provides information on reading non fiction films through critical thinking.
    • Includes a list of films appropriate for middle school and high school levels.

    Golden, John. "Reading in the Dark." Using film as a Tool in the English Classroom (2001).

    • Useful for teaching kids to analyze what they see on film.
    • Has specific clips from movies with associated activities for a variety of grade levels.

    Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ell-engagement-using-video-larry-ferlazzo-katie-hull-sypnieski

    • Eight ways to integrate videos into the classroom.

    Masterpiece: Jane Austen http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/austen/index.html

    • Provides various film adaptations of Jane Austen’s works, interviews from authors, historians, and producers, and includes a teaching guide for Austen’s works.

    Film Education http://www.filmeducation.org/resources/secondary/teaching_with_film/film_and_english/links_to_film_education_resources/

    • Provides student worksheets and activities for a variety of book based films.
    • Promotes analytical thought on themes, changes in narration, and context changes between books and their film adaptations.

    Web English Teacher http://www.webenglishteacher.com/film.html

    • Teacher resources that use film to explain concepts like persuasive speech, perspective, rhetoric.

    Colleague Article http://coehp.uark.edu/colleague/7641.php

    • A college professor speaks out about the importance of using music as a tool for teaching English.
    • He also gives examples of projects to integrate music into the classroom.

    Music In the English Classroom http://languageandliteracytheoryandpractice.wikispaces.com/Music+in+the+English+Classroom

    • Gives four music projects for students of all ages that enforce literary techniques and understanding.

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