Thinkalong.org is a free, evidence-based interactive tool for students to develop media literacy skills by applying the 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy to public media content. Importantly, the tool does not require registration for teachers or students, abides by student privacy laws, and is advised by a board of both youth and educators.
Each module consists of:
- a compelling and timely question;
- related current and age-appropriate public media content including audio, video, and text;
- extension resources for advanced or highly-interested students;
- student graphic organizers;
- a simple debate tool;
- a teacher's guide to the module;
- and a guide to the 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy.
This Teacher's Guide supports the Should we eat more bugs? module on thinkalong.org. Here is the full module and below is a summary.
If you said "GROSS!" after seeing the title of this module, you're not alone! In many countries and cultures, bugs are pests - not food. But in others, bugs on your plate are a delicacy and a good, readily available source of nutrition. With more than 200 million bugs for every human on Earth, insects could be a sustainable way to feed the planet. Should we consider bugs as food, or is it time to shoo the idea?
To use this module with learners in any setting, we recommend using one of the structured discussion formats outlined at thinkalong.org/structuring-discussions. You can find options for a small or large group, so that all students or just a few participate, and examples of some discussion formats.