A Christian Educator's Critique of Television Advertising
"The heart of the paper explores some of the key areas of controversy in the industry today from the perspective of Christian principles and concerns...suggestions are offered for how the conscientious disciple of Christ should respond and relate to these issues appropriately--in the career setting or in the family room." This paper was presented at the 3rd Institute of Christian Teaching.
CML - Center for Media Literacy
Newsletters, lesson plans, research, and teaching materials to support greater media literacy in schools and organizations.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Critical Thinking and the Media
We are inevitably influenced by what the media blitz hits us with every day. We become like what we behold and it is important to critically sift through the barrage, recognize bias, understand the various persuasion techniques used, make informed decisions about fact, fiction, opinion, and to dig for Truth.
Deceptive Advertising - Crossing the Line
Grade 9-Grade 12
This free lesson examines "the ground rules for the advertising of goods and services, who sets them, and who enforces them."
"eThemes is your source for content-rich, kid-safe online resources that will help enhance your teaching and save you time. eThemes provides free, fast access to over 2,500 collections of websites."
Film Analysis - Faces of Jesus
Grade 7-Grade 12
The purpose of this lesson plan is to teach students the various aspects of film-making by leading them through analysis of a variety of film clips, each depicting the same event in the life of Christ as portrayed in the films. Discussion on communicating through film is included.
Get Media Smart! Don't Buy It
Grade 1-Grade 8
This interactive PBS Kids website provides activities to learn about advertising tricks, entertainment, what you can do to combat dishonest advertising, and how to buy smart.
"Globalization101.org provides information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Our goal is to challenge you to think about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers."
Guidelines for Good Reading
Forest Lake Education Center's concise set of guidelines for selecting and evaluating what is worth reading from an Adventist Christian perspective. Share with students, parents, and faculty.
Grade 3-Grade 12
This service supports media education in the home, school and community. It provides Canadians and others with information and "food for thought" on our fast-evolving media culture.
Media Awareness - Hidden Persuaders
Grade 5-Grade 12
Media messages surround our students who are influenced to buy, do, or be whatever the media is selling. The media often portrays a lifestyle that is not consistent with Christian values. Learning the "hidden persuaders" in advertising and politics can help students make better choices as they form their worldview.
Media Education Foundation
"The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political and cultural impact of American mass media."
Media Literacy for Prevention, Critical Thinking and Self-Esteem
Grade 6-Grade 12
This site is developed by Dr Peter DeBenedittis who is dedicated to creating a cultural revolution around media. Using state-of-the-art multimedia deconstructions, Peter can educate, while entertaining, on the topics of tobacco prevention, underage and binge drinking, violence prevention, eating disorders, body image, parenting around media, and consumerism.
Media Literacy Now
This website gives educators resources for integrating media literacy in classroom curriculum as well as providing ideas on news, legislation, and how to take action on this issue.
Media Messages - Do They Affect Our Youth?
How do media messages affect society, particularly young people? The results show that by age 70, most people will have watched television for between 7-10 years of their lives.
Why media literacy? Media products entertain us, inform us, and help us connect to our community and the world. But public relations spin, violence packaged as entertainment, hyper-commercialization, news bias, digital photo manipulation and other issues provide many reasons why both children and adults must become media literate.
Our HAPPY FEET Predicament
Reflecting on their school's decision as to whether students should view the movie, Happy Feet, Ian Mighty reviews media ratings, Adventist values and biblical perspectives in an insightful media literacy summary for parents and teachers.
P21 - Media Literacy
P21, or Partnerships for 21st Century Learning, provides resources for educators, policymakers, and the community to promote a greater awareness of media issues and a higher level of general media literacy.
PBS Teacher Resource Page
Utilize these free resources from the Public Broadcasting Service. Resources include video and audio clips, documents, lesson plans, and more. You can find resources for Pre-K through grade 12 for all subject area.