Massachusetts updated their History and Social Science curriculum framework for 2018 to include media literacy as one of 10 guiding principles: Guiding Principle 8: An effective history and social science education incorporates the study of current events and news/media literacy. When teaching history and social science, teachers have a unique responsibility to help students consider events – including current events – in a broad historical, geographical, social, or economic context. The Framework’s News/Media Literacy standards for grade 8 and high school are designed to help students take a critical stance toward what they read, hear, and view in newspapers and on websites, television, and social media. Applying these standards, students learn to evaluate information, question and verify its source, distinguish fact from inference, and reasoned judgment supported by evidence from varying degrees of bias. Published in June 2018.

Categories: Model Bills & Standards, Policy & State Reports