Unit 2: Identifying News Literacy Skills


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REMEMBER! Digital Journal

You will need your Digital Journal throughout this course. If you haven't done so already, go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/105e0G10fSgBYNwYkvZW017eSyLdHaoCX7sY4LJLDjQk/edit?usp=sharing and access the document, and save it as an editable document on your device.

Lesson 1: - What are the NAMLE Questions?

DO: Read Article

Read this article on Media Monsters put out by the National Association for Media Literacy Education.

CHECK-IN: Self-Reflection

In your digital journal, reflect on the following questions:

  • Do you see yourself reflected in any of the media monsters?
  • How about your students?
  • Are any of the "Try This" strategies presented familiar to you?

TRANSITION: Mini-Lecture

In the article, all of the "try this" strategies are questions you can ask yourself. They are based on the NAMLE questions that were created to help advance media literacy education. They can be taught to students to help them critically analyze media and look for bias and underlying messages and misinformation. In the next lesson, we will learn how to apply the questions to a piece of media, but in this lesson, we learn what the questions are. In truth, there are no set questions. What there are is set categories and topics, and teachers are free to come up with developmentally-appropriate questions for their students. In the following PDF, you will see the topics/categories and sample questions for the categories.

VIEW: PDF of NAMLE Questions

View this document of the NAMLE Questions.


Take the Lesson 1 Quiz here.

Lesson 2: How do I Apply the NAMLE Questions to a News Article?

CHECK-IN: Self-Reflection

In your digital journal, reflect on the following:

  • How comfortable do you feel with the NAMLE questions/categories?

Go back and review the PDF if needed.

READ: News Article

Read this news article which we will decode together using the NAMLE categories and sample questions.

WATCH: Slide Show

Watch the following slide show that shows what questions you might ask after reading the previous news article:

ASSESSMENT: Brainstorm

Watch this short news media video you might watch with a high school class and in your digital journal:

  • Write down 3-5 questions you would ask a class that follow the NAMLE categories
  • Reflect on how you might begin using these questions in both standalone lessons and daily lessons (and "teachable moments")

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Unit 3: Incorporating Skills into My Teaching