The Media-Savvy Middle School Classroom is a practical guide for teachers of Grades 5-8 who want to help their students achieve mastery of media literacy skills. Today’s fake news, alternative facts, and digital manipulations are compromising the critical thinking and well-being of middle grade learners already going through significant personal changes. This actionable book prepares teachers to help their students become informed consumers of online resources. Spanning correct source use, personal versus expert opinions, deliberate disinformation, social media, and more, these ready-to-use activities can be integrated directly into existing language arts and mathematics lesson plans.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why These Skills? Why Now? Chapter 2: Who Said That and Why Does It Matter? Chapter 3: Who’s an Expert? Chapter 4: Information Echo Chambers Chapter 5: Fact or Fiction? Chapter 6: Before You Share Chapter 7: Can You Believe That? Chapter 8: Those Pesky Averages Chapter 9: Framing the Question Chapter 10: Putting a Slant on Things Chapter 11: What are the Chances? Chapter 12: Going Forward
Susan Brooks-Young is an educational consultant at S.J. Brooks-Young Consulting. She has been involved for decades in the field of instructional technology as a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist.