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Note to Teachers

Are you looking for engaging and practical ways to boost your students’ media literacy?

With all the buzz about social media meltdowns, the potential perils of propaganda or fictional stories masquerading as fact, one thing is clear: navigating today’s media landscape requires more skills and savvy than ever. Media literacy is not a novelty; it’s essential to preparing students for life.

Fortunately, teaching media literacy doesn’t have to daunting — and can even be fun! Whether you are looking for a quick hit activity or the building blocks to create your own unit, this Booster Pack is your launch pad for media literacy mastery. The resources it contains — original infographics, worksheets, artifacts, videos and more – are ready-to-use but also easy to adapt. A wide variety of approaches and objectives can plug into subjects ranging from civics to statistics.

Throughout NewseumED’s media literacy resources, you’ll find an emphasis on critical thinking about not only the content we find in the media, but also our own roles as media consumers and creators and why we need media literacy in the first place. Because of our First Amendment mission, we’ve always approached media literacy differently. We marry the analytical aspects — such as separating fact from fiction and identifying bias — with active free expression and productive social engagement. We design our resources to help individuals make active connections between the use and interpretation of our fundamental freedoms and the challenges of daily life and engaged citizenship. (You can read more about our approach to media literacy here.)

In the coming months, this collection will grow as we expand our offerings to cover new topics and reach new audiences. We hope you’ll let us know what your students need next and check back regularly for new tools and ideas to inspire your media literacy missions.

— NewseumED


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