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World War One Through Posters

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing messages about economics in World War One posters.

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Health, Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Global Studies, Economics


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Poster
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry & Cyndy Kramer


World War II D-Day - Two Views of History: Soviet and American

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode U.S. and Soviet history texts for conflicting perspectives about D-Day and the liberation of France.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School
Individual
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Informational Text
Pdf
Chris Sperry & Sox Sperry


Whose Fear and Whose Security?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson comparing definitions of security by viewing short film excerpts from Israeli and Palestinian producers.

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Film/Video Arts, Global Studies


High School
Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ASSESSMENT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT READING, LESSON PLAN
Documentary Film
Mp4, Pdf
Chris Sperry & Sox Sperry


War Crimes at Abu Ghraib- Showing Photos?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson asking students to reflect on the viewing and publication of photographs of war crimes.

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Psychology, Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, ASSESSMENT, POWERPOINT
Photograph
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry & Sox Sperry


Unearthing Stereotypes

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson introducing the concept of stereotypes by asking students to decide whether photos are from Africa

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Visual Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes, Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Photograph
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Carrie LaZarre & Marilyn Mayer


Together in a Time of War

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on choices for peacemaking during the contra war in Nicaragua.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Time Magazine’s Person of the Year – How Selections Change Over Time

In this media literacy activity students compare Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” covers from 1965-1969 and 2015-2019 for messages about historical context in judgments of who is important across a half century.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


The War in Editorial Cartoons

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing issues related to the Iraq War by identifying messages and stereotypes in editorial cartoons.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, ASSESSMENT, POWERPOINT
Editorial Cartoon
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry & Sox Sperry


The War in Afghanistan

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using Newsweek magazine covers to teach the history of the war in Afghanistan.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, GLOSSARY, STUDENT HANDOUT, ASSESSMENT, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Photograph
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry


The Vietnam War

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using Newsweek magazine covers to teach the history of the Vietnam War.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, ASSESSMENT, STUDENT HANDOUT, GLOSSARY, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE
Book/magazine Cover, News Article/headlines, Photograph
Ppt, Pdf
Chris Sperry