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Media Literacy: Sustainable Solution to the Petroleum Agenda


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Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Civic Life (C3) Framework for State Social Studies Standards, Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

Access Free Lesson Plan Here: Sustainable Solutions to the Petroleum Agenda

In this lesson, students engage in critical media literacy, investigate the impacts of petroleum extraction, and create media to promote sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based products.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students explore the impacts of petroleum extraction and analyze two different media literacy forms that promote petroleum-based products.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students conduct research on how a product’s components are derived from petroleum and find a sustainable alternative for the same or similar product.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students reflect on how consumer choices can impact the environment and create a media message to promote the sustainable product from their research.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify the steps of petroleum extraction and its impacts.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze media messages.
  • Students will be able to understand and explain the relationship between product choices and sustainability.

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Sustainable Solutions to the Petroleum Agenda - SubjectToClimate - SML.pdf

Lesson Plan
April 24, 2023
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Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
Use paper based and electronic mapping and graphing techniques to represent and analyze spatial patterns of different environmental and cultural characteristics.


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