January 24, 2016

Students learn about how much coverage the media are providing to different presidential candidates and discuss why coverage of the candidates varies so widely.  

August 20, 2012

This lesson, which requires two class periods, aims to help students understand why people come out, and the impact coming out can have on both a personal and societal level.  Students will read and discuss the statements by two celebrities who recently came out (Anderson Cooper and Frank Ocean) and...

February 12, 2012

Students view a clip from Colbert's Comedy Central show about his Super PAC, then read and discuss several views on the role of Colbert's spoof of the election process.

November 7, 2011

The widely hailed documentary about a French teacher and his elementary class is a paean to conformity, says reviewer Maxine Phillips.

July 23, 2011

Students develop skills and understandings to make them more critical readers, listeners and viewers.

July 23, 2011

After a brief reading and a sampling of news reports, students consider the role of bias and opinion in the news.

July 23, 2011

Readings (including an abridged dictionary of the war) and activities to encourage critical thinking.

July 23, 2011

Three brief student readings (with suggestions for discussion) focus on the use of unnamed and potentially unreliable sources and journalists' need to protect sources.

July 23, 2011

Most Americans get their news from sources owned by profit-driven media conglomerates. Three student readings (with discussion questions) examine the impact of the bottom line on the news business.

July 23, 2011

Original quotes and discussion questions to open a class exploration of media issues.