The widely hailed documentary about a French teacher and his elementary class is a paean to conformity, says reviewer Maxine Phillips.
Students develop skills and understandings to make them more critical readers, listeners and viewers.
After a brief reading and a sampling of news reports, students consider the role of bias and opinion in the news.
Readings (including an abridged dictionary of the war) and activities to encourage critical thinking.
Three brief student readings (with suggestions for discussion) focus on the use of unnamed and potentially unreliable sources and journalists' need to protect sources.
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.
Original quotes and discussion questions to open a class exploration of media issues.
In a jigsaw activity, students learn about three Wikipedia controversies, then decide whether they think Wikipedia is a reliable information source.
Students write about and discuss an ad that has raised issues about beauty, race, and skin color, and consider the role of advertising in reflecting and shaping attitudes.
Students listen to a radio segment about events in Libya and the challenges of reporting from that country; consider events in Libya through a timeline and Twitter messages; and discuss their view of unfolding events in the Middle East.