Media Literacy & Information Literacy

21st Century Information Fluency Project Portal
News, information, tools, and standards-aligned instructional strategies for information literacy/fluency in K-16.

Advertising Techniques
Lesson plans and activities related to advertising.

Assignment Media Literacy
Sponsored by the Media Education Lab at Temple University, this site offers free standards-based lesson plans including video clips, worksheets for activities and assignments, and evaluation sheets. Follow links to separate lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
This guide identifies five principles that represent the media literacy education community’s current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials, wherever and however it occurs: in K-12 education, in higher education, in nonprofit organizations that offer programs for children and youth, and in adult education.

Comparing News Sources: Where Would You Turn?
Students explore and critique a variety of news sources.

Cyberspace at Discovery
Vocabulary, comprehension questions, activities, links.

Deconstructing Media Messages
Students in grades 3-5 describe the different people involved in creating a media message.

Film Study
Links to ideas for teaching film as a genre and for working with specific films in the classroom.

Greatest Films
Interpretive, descriptive review commentary and historical background for hundreds of classic Hollywood and other American films in the last century, a wealth of film reference material of all kinds, a famous film quotations quiz, a complete Academy Awards (Oscars) History and detailed Film History - by decade, and hundreds of colorful, vintage film poster reproductions.

How Media Shapes Perception
In this standards-based unit high school students explore media bias, emotional impact of the news, and the influence of the media on children.

Jurassic Park: an Information Literacy WebQuest
Students evaluate the quality of Web sites. Familiarity with Jurassic Park is not essential.

The Key to Media's Hidden Codes
Colors, camera angles and logos in the media can all prompt immediate associations with emotions, activities and memories. Learn to decode the intricate system of symbols that are a part of everyday life — from advertising messages to traffic signs. This 6-minute video includes follow-up questions.

A curriculum with video clips for exploring critical analysis of non-fiction television with students in grades 6-12.

Media & Lit: Increasing Media Literacy and Cultural Diversity
Syllabus, resources, reading list, and semester project (including rubric) for a one-semester 11th grade media literacy class.

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