Lesson Three- How to Connect This With Your Social Studies World War II Unit

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this lesson, participants of this course will be able to review what they learned in the previous lesson by comparing their decoding to that of the instructor. The participants will be able to identify how media literacy education is connected to their Social Studies classrooms. They will learn how to include media literacy education into a lesson plan that can be used within their curriculum.

Lets Recap

Take a few minutes to compare your decoding of the Dr. Seuss Political Cartoon Decoding Activity- Political Cartoon Decoding with what I was able to find. This link shows the decoding in paragraph form so if you did completed it in question form, you will still be able to compare and contrast Again, you wouldn't need to ask all of the questions or have to know all of this information about each piece of media. Dr. Seuss Political Cartoon Decoded

Brainstorming Activity

For this activity, take a pen and pencil and jot down your answers or use this space to type out your answers: Connections Discussion. Think back to Lesson 2 and the piece of media you chose from your classroom and also think about the political cartoon you were asked to decode... Brainstorm how you think media documents like this are used in your classroom- where would you use them, what units or sections of the classroom are they used? What exams or assignments do you use media like this in (ex. DBQ questions)?

Now think back to your self reflection questions from the last lesson and think about how you may be able to use media literacy education in your classroom... How do you think you could incorporate media literacy education in to your own lesson?

Media Literacy Crash Course

Please click on the following video to continue our "Crash Course" in media literacy education. This video is about 10 minutes long. While watching this video, make a mental note of terms, phrases, names, or events that you hear that connect to your Social Studies curriculum

Some of the examples listed were Plato, Socrates, Johann Gutenberg, Printing Press, Martin Luther, Protestant Reformation, Yellow Journalism, Propaganda, American Revolution, Penny Press.

Lets Try it Again

Lets continue our crash course again, and this time specifically think about how media was used during World War II. Again, make a mental note of some of the terms, phrases, names, or events listed in the video that can be found in your lesson plans or in your Social Studies textbooks for your WWII Unit. Please play this video from the beginning and end the video at 4:58 (4 minutes and 58 seconds.

Some of the examples listed were War Bonds, Uncle Sam, Rosie the Riveter.

Make the Connection

This mini course is designed to give teachers the knowledge of what media literacy education is and the skills to apply it in their curriculum. For the remainder of this course, we are going to narrow our content down to focus specifically on how you would incorporate media literacy education and decoding techniques during your World War II Unit. This unit was chosen because during that time, propaganda was heavily used by both the Allied and Axis Powers. Things like War Posters, political cartoons, music, TV ads, and movies had a huge impact on the minds of American citizens.

As quoted from, The Teachers Guide to Media Literacy, by Scheibe & Rogow, "Studying the impact of the news media (and media messages in general) on historical events, government, politics, global events, and other cultures—and on our understanding of those things—is so core to social studies that it’s hard to imagine teaching a social studies class without media literacy. In fact, even though they don’t always use the term media literacy, many social studies teachers have already been using media literacy inquiry methods—especially when discussing current events and politics or preparing students to answer document-based questions (DBQs) on exams. Students who have had ongoing practice analyzing and discussing the messages in media documents are well prepared to synthesize information from multiple sources and to draw the types of conclusions about perspective, conflicting viewpoints, credibility, and value of content often required in social studies courses and assessments.

The integration of media literacy into social studies can often occur through small changes to existing practice. The Key Questions, for example, provide students with a standard framework to analyze and think critically about historical documents or cultural artifacts. Media literacy can also provide the basis for more extensive projects that immerse students in the study of complicated events and issues, building core skills and knowledge while also developing analysis and communication skills."

In order to successfully integrate media literacy education and your social studies curriculum lessons, you first must recall the fundamentals of creating a lesson plan. You need to determine things like, who is the intended audience, what prior knowledge and information do they need to have on the topic, what key terms, names, and events can they recall, what materials are necessary for your lesson, and how will you assess that knowledge and skills were transferred.

Once you have recalled the basics of what should be included in your lesson plan, you can now begin to create your World War II media literacy education lesson plan. Click on this link to see the lesson plan that I created using media literacy education education. World War II Media Literacy Education Lesson Plan

You can also access Project Look Sharp for media literacy lesson plans that other have created to help you get ideas of how lesson plans can look when including media literacy education. Here is link to Project Look Sharpe, in order to gain access to these lesson plans you would need to register for a free account. Link- https://www.projectlooksharp.org/index.php

Lesson Wrap-up- Self Reflection

You have now had the opportunity to see how media literacy education can connect to your Social Studies classroom. You were given links to different media literacy education lesson plans for ideas on how to incorporate it in to your curriculum. In the next lesson you will have the opportunity to create your own lesson plan. But before hand, lets reflect on what we learned in Lesson Three.

From what you have learned so far, what areas of your curriculum do you think you can incorporate media literacy education?

What advantages and disadvantages do you see yourself having? Any barriers that you can think of, such as access to technology?

What would be your goal in including media literacy education in to your class room?

Proceed to Lesson Four: Assessment: Applying What You Have Learned to Create Your Own Media Decoding Lesson





Rogow, Faith & Scheibe, Cyndy (2012). "A Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World." Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin, a Sage Company


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