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Exploring Genres Through Book Covers - Lower Elementary

Students analyze book covers for messages about literary genres.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration, Literature
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Exploring Genres Through Book Covers - Upper Elementary

Students analyze book covers for messages about literary genres and compare texts in different genres in terms of their approach to similar topics.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT
Illustration, Literature
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Winter Holidays Around the World

Students analyze book covers for messages about winter holidays around the world and about book covers as media messages.

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Visual Arts, Global Studies, Sociology, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT
Literature
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Our Changing Planet: Climate, SEL, and Media Literacy for Our Youngest Students

Students analyze excerpts from a picture book for messages about the impact of climate change and the actions people can take for the planet - while also reflecting on their emotional responses and the intent of the author/illustrator.

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Student Media Production, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Civics And Government, Sociology, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration, Informational Text, Literature
Pdf, Pptx
Bridget Crossman


Columbus “Discovers” America: What’s The Story?

Students analyze three illustrations for messages about Columbus and the Tainos, and reflect on changing perspectives on history.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Music, US History And Government, US History, Civics And Government, Global Studies, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration, Literature, Poster
Pptx, Pdf
Roma Matott


What Can You Tell From a Book Cover?

Students analyze pairs of different covers for the same children’s book for messages about techniques, purpose, impact and target audience.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT
Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, Print Advertisement
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry, Sharon Fox


Can You Judge A Book by its Cover?

Students analyze pairs of different covers for the same children’s book for messages about techniques, purpose and target audience.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration, Literature, Print Advertisement
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Sharon Fox


Incan Religion – What Sources Should I Use?

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from different media documents – a young adult fiction book, a Wikipedia article, a Twinkl education page, a magazine article, a tourism webpage, a documentary film and an animated children’s film – to assess the credibility and usefulness of each source for research on Incan religion.

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


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Animated Film, Blog Post, Documentary Film, Informational Text, Literature, Magazine
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Harriet Tubman Seizes Freedom – Many Stories

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from children’s books for messages about Harriet Tubman, enslavement and the Underground Railroad.

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US History And Government, US History, Civics And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Squanto and the First Thanksgiving: Whose Story?

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from children’s books for differing perspectives and messages about the history of Squanto’s role in the first thanksgiving feast.

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US History And Government, US History, Civics And Government, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary
Pair, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Logging - What About Biodiversity?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos & childrens books to discern messages about the impacts of logging on biodiversity.

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Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

VIDEO, POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Animated Film, Documentary Film, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, Web Video
Mp4, Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Declaration of Independence

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing rights and grievances in the Declaration of Independence.

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US History And Government, US History, Civics And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

AUDIO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Informational Text, Literature
Mp4, Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

Phillis Wheatley's Poem

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing a poem about freedom and slavery during the American Revolution.

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US History And Government, US History, Civics And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

AUDIO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Literature
Mp4, Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar