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Storming the Capitol: Front Page Constructions

In this media literacy activity students analyze newspaper front pages for messages about media representation of the storming of the Capitol.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
News Article/headlines, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Race and Perspective: Contrasting the Police Response to the Capitol Insurrection and Black Lives Matter Protests in TV and Print

In this media literacy activity students compare two opinion pieces, a TV news commentary and a print article, about the police response to Black Lives Matter protests and to the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021 for messages about media construction and how our identity influences our views.

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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Blog Post, News Article/headlines, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Why to War? How to Peace?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to compare songwriters' techniques in crafting songs of peace.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Doing Family Time

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on the impact of imprisonment on prisoners and on the family members of prisoners.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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


Challenging Homophobia

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to reflect on messages about gay liberation and resistance to homophobia.

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Psychology, Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Workers Unite!

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to compare songs with messages about worker organizing.

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Music, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


We Will Be Heard

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using excerpts from songs about women's suffrage to analyze the use of stereotyping in songwriting.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Naming Oppression

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to reflect on messages about women's resistance to oppression.

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Psychology, Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Family Planning: Why it Matters

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze three short video clips for messages about the needs for and impacts of family planning.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


The Spanish Conquest of Mexico: Whose Story?

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from two films for conflicting messages about the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

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Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry