A free press is essential to the success of a democracy. As the media has evolved over time to include radio, television, internet and now smart phones and social media apps- the ability in “being capable to read them” needs examining. This lesson guides students through analysis of social media posts, the definition of terms relevant to the media, and provides tools for identifying quality sources for examination of current political issues. This lesson accompanies the Talking Turkey: Taking the ‘Dis’ Out of Civil Discourse program as well as YLI and American Evolution’s First Freedom Wall.
Media Literacy: Making Sense of the 24-7 News Cycle
Subject Digital Literacy and Citizenship — Digital Safety and Ethics, Digital Tools and Collaboration, Employability Skills • English Language Arts • Media Literacy • Social Studies — Current Events, US Government
Grade Level Grades 9-12, Professional Development
Resource Type Activity, Presentation