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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.