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This Week is United States Media Literacy Week

“The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall encourage school districts to implement instruction in media literacy skills at all grade levels, and in any of the core subjects or other subjects, to equip students with the knowledge and skills for accessing, evaluating, and creating all types of media.”

Media literacy is the ability to access, evaluate, analyze, act, communicate and create using all forms of media. The mission of Media Literacy Week, October 31 – November 4, 2016, is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today.

In today’s media-rich society, where students are exposed to an ever-increasing variety of traditional and nonprint texts, media literacy skills have become critical to the academic development of our students. Read more in Lesson Plans for Creating Media-Rich Classrooms. Visit this additional collection of lesson plans from on media literacy.

Social Critique and Pleasure: Critical Media Literacy with Popular Culture Texts” shows how popular music, for example, can offer powerful opportunities for dialogically teachable moments and engagement in literacy learning that is critical but does not come at the expense of children’s pleasure in such texts.

Media at the Core: How Media Literacy Strategies Strengthen Teaching with Common Core” includes an expansion of teachers’ conception of texts to include understanding and creation in a variety of media forms; integrating media and technology across school subjects; modeling strong research practices in an increasingly information-rich environment; analyzing and creating various genres of nonfiction texts; and engaging students in civic participation.

A popular one-semester elective class relies on student knowledge of and interest in sports to teach critical media literacy and rhetorical analysis as described in “Sports Stories and Critical Media Literacy“.

This digital package includes three one-hour, on demand Web seminars on teaching media literacy.  Learn ways to incorporate pop culture, youth media, and film in the classroom from leading experts, Frank W. Baker and John Golden. Read more from Frank on “Why Media Literacy Week Matters So Much“.

Did you know that there’s an NCTE Media Literacy Award?