Krystal Haight Media Literacy Mini-Course

This is my mini-course for media literacy!

If you would like to return to my Portfolio Page in order to learn more about myself, along with the design process behind this particular mini-course, click on the following link: User:Khaight

Link back to Design Project Homepage for ETAP 623 Spring 2016: ETAP_623_Spring_2016

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Introduction

Welcome to Integrating Media Literacy Skills in Secondary ELA Instruction!

This course will provide instruction regarding how teachers of ELA can successfully incorporate media literacy instruction in the classroom and be familiar with how vital it is for educators to foster students’ ability to decode and think critically about media. The following questions will drive your learning:

  • What is media literacy?
  • How does building students’ media literacy skills help increase their ability to think critically and thrive in our 21st century world?
  • What can instructors do to effectively (and naturally/seamlessly) integrate media literacy skills within the ELA curriculum for secondary students?

The ultimate learning objective for this mini-course is that you will choose to integrate media literacy within your own secondary ELA classroom by utilizing the knowledge, understanding, activities, and experiences throughout this mini-course.

Enjoy your intellectual journey through this course! It is my hope that you will find this knowledge, understanding, and experience valuable for your own classroom!

Tips for Success

The following prerequisites will help ensure a meaningful, successful completion of this course:

- An understanding of the definition of literacy and how to build print literacy skills through student-centered classrooms.

- An ability to willingly reflect on personal experiences, think creatively and flexibly, and collaborate with others.

- Fundamental knowledge and experience working with Google Docs/Drive.

- Experience creating student-centered 7-12 English Language Arts lesson plans and using Google Docs/Drive.

To get the most out of this course you must:

  • Read and view all required materials.
  • Actively engage in discussion and reflection.
  • Apply what you are learning in a meaningful way by designing a media-literacy lesson plan and sharing your work with others.

*Please note: If you are a novice/unfamiliar/uncomfortable with using Google Drive, yet are still interested in taking this course, you may watch the following tutorial on how to create and share Google Docs (think of these tutorials as an extra "pre-requisite" lesson to differentiate instruction...after all, differentiation is vital for successful student-centered learning!).

Click on this link for the tutorial video clip: Google Drive Crash-Course!

IMPORTANT: Here is the link to our Google Drive Folder. This is where you will create and share your work for this mini-course. Everyone enrolled in the mini-course will have access to this link!

Link to our Google Drive Folder (for discussions and assignments): Media Literacy Mini-Course 2016

Course Overview

Please complete the following tasks in order. There are 2 Units in this course, and each Unit has a series of lessons, and each lesson has several activities. All of the lessons (and activities within lessons) build upon one another, so please do not "skip" around!

Remember, Google Drive is integral to this course, so please see above "pre-requisite lesson" (tutorial video) on Google Drive if you need a crash-course to ensure success in this mini-course!


Unit 1: Understanding the importance of media literacy

Lesson 1: what is media?

Lesson 2: difference between media and print literacy

Lesson 3: what is the curriculum-driven approach to media literacy?

Unit 2: Implementing media literacy in the ELA classroom through the curriculum-driven approach

Lesson 4: reviewing lesson/unit plans

Lesson 5: creating a media literacy lesson

Prerequisites:

Understand the definition of literacy and how to build print literacy skills through student-centered classrooms and increasing students’ inquiry/critical thinking skills.

Ability to reflect on personal experiences and background knowledge about a topic, think creatively and flexibly, and collaborate with others. Experience creating student-centered 7-12 English Language Arts lesson plans and using Google Docs/Drive.