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Resources by Topic

The resources listed here are intended as a convenience to educators, librarians, parents and students. These websites are operated independent of Media Literacy Now. If you have a resource to add to this page, please let us know!

  • Race & Social Justice

Critical Media Project provides a variety of resources that address race & ethnicity. Their lesson plan helps students learn how to critically analyze a range of media examples and their representations of race and ethnicity.

Facing History and Ourselves resources provide lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. The website section Media Literacy: Democracy & Civic Engagement, helps students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives.

Media Education Foundation provides a variety of films that examine the role of race in America.

MediaSmarts explores issues of diversity representation in the media and showcases efforts to counter stereotyping and promote more accurate portrayals.

Project Look Sharp provides a set of lessons that use different approaches to the integration of media literacy and critical thinking into teaching about social justice.

Teaching Tolerance provides a digital literacy framework that addresses seven key areas in which students need support developing digital and civic literacy skills. The final lesson teaches students to evaluate the value of the internet as a mechanism of civic action.

 

  • COVID-19 Pandemic

Common Sense Education has created a dedicated resource page to help reduce student, parent and teacher anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic. The page includes ideas and resources focused on news literacy, media balance, and healthy communication.

NAMLE provides a variety of COVID-19 resources including a paged dedicated to Coronavirus Resources: Misinformation, Teaching & Articles as well as a List of their Organizational Media Literacy Partners who are providing COVID-19 resources on their own websites.

News Literacy Project created a dedicated COVID-19 resource page that includes free resources for educators, students and the general public.

Project Look Sharp has compiled a series of new resources that include lessons that focus on COVID-19 and the Infodemic, as well as print and video resource for teaching media decoding.

 

  • Civics / News Literacy

Center for News Literacy is part of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and offers a variety of resources including the Digital Resource Center, a clearinghouse for online training programs, innovative exercises, lectures and curriculum materials for students, teachers, and college instructors.

Civic Online Reasoning (COR) is a civics curriculum developed by the Stanford History Education Group as part of MediaWise. The project was supported by Google as part of their Google News Initiative. The curriculum provides free lessons and assessments to help teach students to evaluate online information. The site includes a section with links to the published research that form the basis of the COR curriculum.

Cyber Civics is a comprehensive middle school digital literacy program that helps youth become ethical, thoughtful, and smart digital citizens. Weekly, in-classroom lessons and engaging activities cover digital citizenship, information literacy, and media literacy. Schools and community organizations in 44 U.S. states and internationally deliver this turnkey program.

Generation Citizen offers an Action Civics course that includes media analysis and media production.

iCivics was founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to improve civic knowledge and participation. Includes a Media and Influence unit.

News-O-Matic is the Daily News Just for Kids. It publishes original news content at multiple reading levels for ages 6 to 14. Native speakers translate the articles into Spanish, French, and Arabic (in text and audio). Infographics, videos, and quizzes reinforce nonfiction literacy skills. Each article includes comprehensive citations for young readers to gain critical media literacy skills.

News Literacy Project empowers educators to teach students the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and other information and engaged, informed participants in civic life.

NewseumED provides a wide range of news literacy related resources and programs including standard-aligned lesson plans, interactive learning tools, virtual classes (all age groups) and professional training.

 

  • Digital Citizenship

Common Sense offers a library of independent age-based ratings and reviews for movies, books, games, apps, TV shows, websites, and music. It offers a K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum which helps kids to make ethical decisions in the digital world.

Cyberwise provides online safety information and resources for parents and teachers.

DigCitUtah Resources Library contains over 200 resources curated and categorized by EPIK Deliberate Digital as a free resource for school community councils, parents, educators, and administrators. Most of these categories involve knowing how to identify and avoid harmful content and behavior and to be aware of the many ramifications of technology use. But there is much more to digital citizenship!

Media Power Youth provides curricula, professional development, and workshops to build media literacy knowledge and critical-thinking skills to navigate a media-rich world. Our mission is to teach youth to consume and create media safely and responsibly, reaping all of its benefits while recognizing the influence it can have on physical and mental health, decision-making, and relationships.

Social Assurity delivers innovative student-centric social media training and strategies for help with college admissions, scholarships, internships, and career goals.

White Ribbon Week is a one-week sequence for elementary schools on internet safety, healthy online habits and critical thinking about media.

 

  • Gender

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, in partnership with USA TODAY Education, offers a series of Media Literacy lessons focused on gender, self-image and equality.

SPARK Movement arms activists, educators, community leaders, and girls themselves to foster coalition and partnerships in order to ignite and support a global young antiracist feminist movement.

The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge limiting gender stereotypes and shift norms using film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation. Lesson plans to go with their films are available free to public schools.

 

  • Health

Media Aware for Middle and High School programs are comprehensive sexual health programs for middle and high school students. Many adolescents learn about sex from media, but the messages they’re exposed to are not always accurate or healthy. The Media Aware programs give students both medically-accurate sexual health information and the tools to think critically about the media they consume.

Media Aware for Young Adults is an evidence-based, online program that seeks to deepen students’ understanding of the influence media have on their decisions and helps to develop their critical thinking and behavioral skills to prevent sexual assault, sexually transmitted infections, and unplanned pregnancy.

Media Aware Parent was designed to empower parents to help their teens to make informed and healthy decisions. The program includes medically-accurate information and proven techniques to help parents have effective conversations with their teens about topics like sex, relationships, gender roles, internet safety, and more. Go beyond “the talk” and become a Media Aware Parent!

Media Detective is a school-based media literacy education program to help 3rd-5th grade students avoid using alcohol and tobacco products (including e-cigarettes). Media Detectives Snoop and Scoop teach students strategies advertisers use to persuade people to use alcohol and tobacco products as well as the missing health information about what really happens when you use substances.

Media Power Youth provides curricula, professional development, and workshops to build media literacy knowledge and critical-thinking skills to navigate a media-rich world. Our mission is to teach youth to consume and create media safely and responsibly, reaping all of its benefits while recognizing the influence it can have on physical and mental health, decision-making, and relationships.

Media Ready is a school-based media literacy education program designed to delay or prevent the use of substance use in middle school. Media Ready teaches students critical thinking skills to identify the implied messages in advertising as well as to uncover the missing information that is left out of advertising – namely the health effects of drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and vaping.

Media World classroom-based lessons let high school students learn the skills they need to think critically about pro-substance use media messages, produce media, and be media advocates. The program includes factual information and links to media examples about tobacco and alcohol products, vaping, steroids, marijuana, prescription drugs (e.g., opioids), and even highly caffeinated beverages.

Teen Aware: Sex, Media and You is a media literacy focused, abstinence-based curriculum. The web site was produced by Teen Futures Media Network at the College of Education, University of Washington. Sponsorship came from Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

  • Adults

Navigating Digital Information by CrashCourse is a 10-part YouTube series to help students evaluate the information they read online. Created in partnership with MediaWise, The Poynter Institute, and The Stanford History Education Group.