Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Grade 6: Media Literacy

"Children spend the majority of their days consuming mass media. On average, children spend four-and-a-half hours a day using television, video games and computers. Yet children are not provided with the tools needed to evaluate and analyze the media messages they see.

"Teachers have the ability to engage students in media literacy — the ability to access, evaluate, analyze and produce both electronic and print media — by dissecting pop culture and advertisements. Media literacy education can help students build critical thinking and analytic skills, become more discriminating in the use of mass media, distinguish between reality and fantasy, and consider whether media values are their values."

KCTS Television. Don't Buy It: Get Media Smart. [Online] 12/02/08. http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit/teachersguide.html

As students explore this unit, they will:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts;
  2. identify some media forms and explain how the conventions and techniques associated with them are used to create meaning;
  3. create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques;
  4. reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts.
Ministry of Education, Government of Ontario. Language Arts Curriculum Document, Grade Six, Media Literacy. pg. 113-115 [Online] 12/02/08. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/language18currb.pdf

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