Media Literacy (Middle School)

Media Literacy (Middle School)

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Man on iPad reading news website
Subjects
Subjects
Cybersecurity
Humanities
Grade Levels
Grade Levels
6
7
8
Duration (hours)
Duration (Approx hours)
2
Overview
The Media Literacy module builds students' skills to become perceptive consumers of journalism and social media. In this module, students will demonstrate skills in validating the accuracy and authenticity of media sources, analyze how social media presents news and information, and assess the impact of bias and propaganda in media literacy. Additionally, this module addresses the connection between media literacy and cyber security. As a culminating project, students create a PSA to bring awareness on preventing cybersecurity vulnerabilities by becoming a more media literate citizen.
Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6-8.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6-8.6
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6-8.9
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.6
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.8
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.5
Cyber Connections
Computational Thinking
Cyber Career Awareness
Cybersecurity
Digital Citizenship
Information Literacy
Section Title
Lessons
Accordion Items
Title
Discovery 1
Content

In this Discovery, students will explore the concept of media literacy. Students will work in pairs to reflect on their consumption of media and to create a definition for media literacy. They will examine artifacts and test their own personal skills to identify unreliable and false information. At the end of the Discovery, students will answer the question, "What is media literacy and why is it important?" 

Title
Discovery 2
Content

In this Discovery, students will define journalism in today’s media environment and explore citizen journalism. They will examine both user and media bias. Additionally, they will explore types of news media such as mainstream news, parody/satire, op-ed, propaganda, cyber propaganda and fake news. Students will answer the question, "What is the role of journalism and how does that affect your personal responsibility in engaging with various forms of media?" 

Title
Discovery 3
Content

In this Discovery, students will have an opportunity to examine media sources. They will use a tool to help determine the credibility, accuracy, reasonableness and support of the media source. Students will further analyze websites using a checklist to determine if the website provides reliable or unreliable sources of information. At the end of the Discovery, students will answer the question,  “How can the reliability of a website be determined?” 

Title
Discovery 4
Content

In this Discovery, students will learn about the cybersecurity dangers of fake websites and how to recognize them by analyzing the URLs. They will investigate images and videos and the uses of digital forensics. Additionally, students will learn about deep fake videos and how they are made. At the end of the Discovery, students will answer the question, "How can media literacy help bring awareness to cybersecurity issues?” 

Title
Culminating Activity
Content

In this culminating activity, students are challenged to create a Public Service Announcement. This PSA should increase awareness among students their age on preventing cybersecurity vulnerabilities by becoming a more media literate citizen.