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

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

Media Smarts

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

Media Literacy Clearing House

  • Tons of resources under the English Language Arts Section

Read Write Think

  • 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

    • 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

    • 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

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

    Colleague Article

    • 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

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

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