Category Archives: Middle School

Newspaper headlines: A lesson for Middle Schoolers

Frequently, during the middle school years, students will participate in a civics class. According to the Center for Civic Education and the National Conference of State Legislature (1996), the goal of civics class is to increase students’ knowledge of American … Continue reading

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A lesson on Video News Releases

According the Center for Media and Democracy (n.d.), video news releases or VNRs, are “prepackaged ‘news’ segments and additional footage created by broadcast [public relations] PR firms, or by publicists within corporations or government agencies.” There are two forms of … Continue reading

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Meaghan Sabatini – Website evaluation

This week, I had the opportunity to speak with Meaghan Sabatini, media specialist for Shippensburg Middle School. She shared with me that the title of media specialist is a more modern title for a librarian. Frequently, libraries are often called … Continue reading

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Photo distortion lesson for middle school students

“In an age when pictures have become more eloquent than words, schools are still programmed to reduce the child’s immersive interaction with the visual world to the practical poverty of the alphabet. Visual literacy should become a pedagogical priority in … Continue reading

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Teaching middle school students how different people are affected by political ads

A lesson in media literacy that relates to politics involves teaching middle school students how different types of people are affected by media, specifically political television commercials. First, show a variety of political campaign ads and apply the following questions: Who … Continue reading

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Tools for Media Literacy

Assignment: Media Literacy, developed by Renee Hobbs, is a three-volume, 18-unit set of videos to aid teachers in educating students, elementary through secondary, in media literacy. Below you will see the Middle School Introduction video. (You can find links to … Continue reading

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Learn critical thinking through media literacy education

According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), in order to gain government funding, the state must submit a plan relating how it will: “[ensure] that high-quality academic assessments, accountability systems, teacher preparation and training, curriculum, and … Continue reading

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