Teachingmedialiteracy.com: A Web-Linked Guide to Resources and Activities

Chapter 1: Goals and Curriculum Frameworks for Media Literacy Instruction

[1.2] Fostering students’ active use of the media

[1.3] Helping students learn to communicate in multimodal way

[1.4] Helping students engage with, appreciate, and judge media texts

[1.5] Helping students understand how media constructs reality

[1.6] Helping students learn to critique the ideological and economic forces shaping the media

[1.7] Website resources for teaching media literacy

[1.8] Final Task

[1.9] References


Chapter 1

[1.1.1] The Queensland “New Basics” Project formulates a new organization of the K-12 curriculum around the realities of students’ lives in contemporary society.

[1.1.2] In Ontario, Canada, media education has been required in grades 7-12 since 1987. Their curriculum is available at The Center for Media Literacy: 10 Classroom Approaches to Media Literacy, a summary of the Media Literacy Resource Guide published by the Ontario Ministry of Education

[1.1.3] In Britain, there is a national media studies curriculum students take national exams in media studies, including a portfolio with writing that reflects their ability to critically analyze the media and the role of media industries in shaping media content.

[1.1.4] In the United States, in which state curriculums prevail, according to a study by Robert Kubey and Frank Baker, few states have any distinct media studies curriculum strand.

[1.1.5] Kubey and Baker: different states’ media literacy standards

[1.1.6, 1.1.7] For a more elaborate set of media literacy standards, see the MCREL students for grades 6-12 for Viewing and Media.

[1.1.8] One state with a distinct media literacy strand is Texas. In a curriculum framework, Viewing and Representing: Media Literacy in Texas developed by Renee Hobbs and others, the Texas curriculum revolves around critically analyzing media representations focusing on many different topics.

[1.1.9] David Considine: An Introduction to Media Literacy

[1.1.10] Why Teach Media Literacy?

[1.1.11] University of New Mexico: teachers’ reflections on their goals for teaching media literacy through specific media literacy units.

[1.1.12] National Communication Association: Speaking, Listening, and Media Literacy Standards: K-12 Education

[1.1.13] MCREL media literacy standards for grades 6-12 for: Viewing, Media

[1.1.14] Media Literacy.com: the National Council of Teachers of English’s statements about the value of media literacy

[1.1.15] A recent report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family foundation on teaching of media education in schools indicated that while teacher education programs are including more media literacy in their programs, training for inservice teachers is often limited to workshops and conferences.

[1.1.16] There continues to be some opposition from many quarters to media education. (See Robert Kubey, “Obstacles to the Development of Media Education in the United States” ).

[1.1.17]  eSchoolnews: Laura Ascione (2006). States erratic on IT literacy: Lack of oversight hinders enforcement.  While NCLB mandated that all students should be computer literate by grade 8, many states are ignoring that requirement because they are focusing on reading and math—areas that are tested.



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