Media Literacy

Lesson plan: Bot or not? How fake social media accounts could influence voting

Lesson Plan

Social media is an important tool for learning about current events and practicing active and informed citizenship. However, fake Twitter accounts called ‘bots’ have been used to try to influence public opinion—and not always for the better. Continue reading

How Gold Star families became a political issue

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In this NewsHour Extra lesson, students learn about the controversy surrounding a condolence call made by President Trump to a Gold Star widow, Myeshia Johnson. Continue reading

Movie director hopes teens will see themselves in Justice Thurgood Marshall’s story

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The movie “Marshall” captures the iconic justice Thurgood Marshall in his youth before he became the first African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading

How media literacy helps you talk about Hurricane Harvey with your students

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Students will have many questions and concerns about Hurricane Harvey in the coming days. Use this PBS lesson to help you discuss the effects of extreme weather events with your students and helpful media literacy tools when it comes to media coverage of the hurricane. Continue reading

The role of media literacy in teaching your students about Charlottesville

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Use this PBS NewsHour video and discussion questions to teach your students about the events in Charlottesville. Extension activities include the history of Confederate monuments and the debate as to whether or not the statues should remain standing. Continue reading

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