Integrating Media Literacy Skills in a Secondary ELA Classroom


ETAP 623 Spring 2017 | Stephanie Aquino's Portfolio Page

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Welcome to Integrating Media Literacy Skills in a Secondary ELA Classroom!

This course will provide an introduction to the importance of media literacy when it comes to educating students in a 21st century media-driven culture and society and how we can design media literacy in an secondary ELA classroom.

The following questions will drive your learning:

  • What is media?
  • Why is it important to integrate media knowledge and practices of learners into teaching?
  • How can educators apply concepts related to media literacy to secondary classroom teaching and learning?

The ultimate learning objective for this mini-course is that you will choose to incorporate media literacy concepts into your curriculum by utilizing the knowledge, activities, and discussions in this mini-course.

Let's embark on this journey together!


This course is organized into two units accompanied by a series of lessons. You can find the unit and lesson objectives below. In working to meeting each of these objectives, you will:

  • Read and review all required materials
  • Participate fully, professionally, and collegiality in online discourse
  • Reflect on your learning and the learning of your classmates
  • Apply media literacy concepts into your curriculum by designing a media-literacy lesson plan and sharing your work with others.

Before we embark on this journey together, let's review some prerequisites and tips for a successful completion of this mini-course!

  1. Understand the definition of media literacy
  2. Relate personal experiences and knowledge to topic covered
  3. Prior experience creating lesson plans for a secondary ELA classroom
  4. Prior experience using Google Docs

Disclaimer:Google Drive and Google Docs will be our primary collaboration tool. The link to our Google Drive folder is attached. This is where we will be creating and sharing our work for this mini-course. Media Literacy Mini-Course 2017 If you are unfamiliar with Google Docs, do not hesitate to still enroll in this course. You may watch the following tutorial on how to use the primary features of Google Docs to get familiarize with this online collaborative tool. Google Drive Tutorial 2017

Course Units

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This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit/lesson to go to its page. Each unit/lesson will be designed in a similar fashion with a variety of readings, videos, media and information. Each unit/lesson will allow participants to become knowledgeable on the meaning of medial literacy and the importance of it. Units/lessons begin with an overview of that unit/lesson's learning objectives (target outcomes), followed by an overview of the topic in the form of a text based lecture or a video-lecture using multimedia tools. Each unit/lesson will have several activities, based on the information learned. Units/lessons will also contain relevant scholarly articles or web resources on topics. Each unit ends with a discussion forum where participants can share their thoughts and questions.

Unit One: Understanding the Importance of Building Students' Media Literacy Skills

Unit One Objective: Participants will understand the importance of building students’ media literacy skills and become familiar with curriculum-driven approaches to Media Literacy in a 7-12 ELA classroom.

  • Lesson One Objective: Participants will reflect on their own knowledge and usage of media and the importance of incorporating media in the classroom.

  • Lesson Two Objective: Participants will explain the benefits of media literacy by reviewing media literacy research.

  • Lesson Three Objective: Participants will examine curriculum-driven approaches to media literacy in a 7-12 classroom.

Unit Two: Applying the Curriculum-Driven Approaches to Media Literacy in an ELA Classroom

Unit Two Objective: Participants will apply learned knowledge of media literacy skills and concepts to create a lesson plan that builds on students’ media literacy skills in a 7-12 ELA classroom.

  • Lesson Four Objective: Participants will analyze and critique media documents using the NAMLE key questions.

  • Lesson Five Objective: Participants will be able to create curriculum using media literacy concepts.

Remember, Google Drive is integral part of this course, so please see above tutorial video on Google Drive if you need a crash-course to ensure success in this mini-course!