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Physics or Fiction - Will Tango and Cash get electrocuted?

After viewing clips from a feature film and web videos, students will identify messages about electrical currents and shock, analyze sources and credibility, and reflect on strategies for finding accurate information.

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Health, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Library/Information Literacy


Upper Elementary, Middle School

Under 15 Minutes

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


A.I. – Pros, Cons, Credibility and Bias

Students analyze short videos for messages about the pros and cons of artificial intelligence, the bias and credibility of each source, and our own thinking about the issue.

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Psychology, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video, News - Video, Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Zero: Who Invented It and How Do We Know?

Students analyze short videos for messages about zero, when and where it was invented, the credibility and point of view of information, and about the influence of culture on history.

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Math, Global Studies, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School, College

15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Animated Film, Web Video, Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Baby Shark: Introducing Analysis Skills

Students analyze the viral video “Baby Shark” to practice observation, link evidence to a document, assess what is true and not about sharks, and reflect on the credibility of media messages.

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Music, Life Sciences, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Lower Elementary

15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Music/song, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Faith Rogow


Science or Fiction – Does Carrying an Umbrella in a Thunderstorm Make You More Likely to be Hit by Lightning?

Students analyze a cartoon and a weather channel video for messages about whether carrying an umbrella is potentially hazardous and about credibility in Internet videos.

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

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


Dinosaurs: What’s True and What’s Not?

Students analyze messages about dinosaurs in a film, an advertisement, a website, a video game, a TV program and a fiction and non-fiction book - and assess the credibility of each source.

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Consumer Education, Life Sciences, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Animated Film, Illustration, Informational Text, Poster, Print Advertisement, Television Program, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Raptors in the Media

Students analyze a book cover, a magazine cover, a tweet, a poster, a website and a YouTube screen shot for messages about media forms, osprey, eagles and condors and environmental concerns.

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Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Illustration, Informational Text, Magazine, Photograph, Poster, Social Media, Web Video
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Butterflies in the Media

Students analyze a magazine cover, a T-shirt, a book cover, a webpage, a button and a comic for messages about butterflies, endangered species and media forms.

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Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Illustration, Informational Text, Magazine, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Dolphins in the Media

Students analyze a book cover, a magazine cover, a tweet, a poster, a cartoon, a toy and an advertisement for messages about media forms, dolphins and environmental concerns.

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Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Editorial Cartoon, Magazine, Poster, Social Media
Pdf, Pptx
Lori Wiley, Sox Sperry


GMOs: Bias and Credibility in Media Messages

Students analyze three web videos from corporate, academic and activist sources for messages about genetically modified organisms, techniques used to sway the viewer, and questions about credibility and one’s own confirmation biases.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, US History, Civics And Government, Economics, Sociology, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


High Fructose Corn Syrup? Is There a Problem? Who Says?

Students analyze a commercial from the Corn Refiners Association, a blog post from an industry-supported group and an article from the Union of Concerned Scientists for messages about the health impacts of high fructose corn syrup, the spread of scientific misinformation and how funders influence media messages.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Individual, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Blog Post, Informational Text, Television Commercial, Webpage
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Football and Concussions: the NFL vs. Scientific Research

In this media literacy activity students analyze short video clips from an investigative documentary TV program, a feature film, and a congressional hearing for messages about the impact of football on brain disease to assess credibility in film representations of historic events.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, Life Sciences, US History And Government, US History, Civics And Government, Sociology


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film, Feature Film, News - Video, Television Program, Television Commercial, News - Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Mass Shootings: Tracking the Numbers

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a blog post, a fact checking website and an article in a national magazine for messages about sourcing and credibility.

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Health, Math, Journalism, US History And Government, US History, Civics And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart/graph, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Who's in Power in Congress: How Do You Know?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze four charts and text about who holds power in Congress for messages about credibility in media sources.

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Math, Journalism, US History And Government, US History, Civics And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart/graph, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Liquids in Spiderman vs. Hydroman

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from an educational video on the changing states of water and a Spiderman vs. Hydroman cartoon for representations of the liquid state of water.

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Physical Sciences, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Animated Film, Web Video, Web Video, Animated Film
Pdf, Mp4
Nicole Laura & Joyce Pixley


Corporate Greenwashing? Exxon and Greenpeace

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode an ExxonMobil commercial and an environmental advocacy video for conflicting messages about corporate advertising credibility and about human impact on the environment.

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Student Media Production, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Middle School, High School, College
Individual, Pair, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Kelsey Greene


Scientific Consensus: Global Warming Is Real and It's Caused by Us

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two web articles from Skeptical Science and NASA for different approaches to reporting on the scientific consensus on human-induced climate change.

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Throwaway Culture: To Buy or to Reuse?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode web videos and commercials for messages about buying disposable products vs. reusing and reducing waste.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Television Commercial, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Brian Goodman & Sox Sperry


What's So Funny about Climate Change? Editorial Cartoon Opinions

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze six editorial cartoons for conflicting perspectives on the direness of the threat of climate change.

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Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Editorial Cartoon, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Brian Goodman & Sox Sperry


Twister: A Film Decoding Activity

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson reflecting on the concept of target audiences, and how messages can be crafted for a specific audience through visuals, language and sound.

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Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Cyndy Scheibe