New! ThinkingApp for teachers
Media Literacy Now is partnering with Learnics to offer teachers and students a FREE Chrome extension, the ThinkingApp, that could play a pivotal role in promoting media literacy in the classroom.
The ThinkingApp provides teachers and students with meaningful graphic information about how research is conducted on the internet. Teachers and researchers across the country are currently using the ThinkingApp in ways that are significantly impacting the teaching/learning process and promoting media literacy.
Go to Learnics.com for instructions for how you and your students can use this FREE tool.
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Douglas Lare (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Materials and curriculum available online or to order.
With more than 1,000 pages of editorial content and educational resources, the Center for Media Literacy provides a wide array of evidence-based lessons and curricula.
MediaLit Moments – downloadable classroom activities
Digital Citizenship Resources Library. This curated library owas created by EPIK Deliberate Digital as a free resource for school community councils, parents, educators, and administrators in response to digital citizenship legislation in Utah, and is open to anyone.
Extensive database of classroom resources organized by medium, concept and teaching standard.
Lesson plan ideas around: Media Use, Body Image, Advertising, Nutrition, TV and Movies, Violence, Smoking
Free online Teacher resources and classroom tools from Canada’s Center for Digital and Media Literacy.
National Association for Media Literacy Education resources, lesson plans and ideas submitted by members
The LAMPlatoon Media Breaker lets students comment on advertising by directly editing commercials.
Media Literacy initiative of Ithaca college offers free lesson plans and materials
Founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, improve civic knowledge and participation, includes a Media and Influence unit
Downloadable Media literacy curriculum for girls on media sexualization and becoming an activist.
K-6 media literacy lesson ideas
Humane Education activity: What price beauty?
Media literacy and the politics of identity – resources for educators from USC Annenberg
Civic engagement around human rights issues: Curriculum includes research, and developing documentaries, PSAs, media campaigns. project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
US government agency NIH offers free materials focused on media and health and nutrition for 11 to 13 year old students through its Media-Smart Youth program
Work with youth to make audio stories. Also DIY tools for teens.
Courses teach students to use social media to establish relevant networks and build honest reputations. Also DIY for teens.
Online teacher training and curriculum for grades 4 to 6 “Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices” provides tools and materials to implement an evidenced-based media literacy curriculum and to facilitate informed, practical conversations about media.
Variety of Media Literacy resources for K-12 teachers from the University of Rhode Island Media Education Lab
Media and technology resources for educators
Digital citizenship curriculum
The Global Media Literacy lesson plans illuminate the connections between media literacy and civil society and teach students about the importance of exercising their human right to freedom of expression.
MEF offers resources that support the use of their films in a wide variety of venues and contexts.
In partnership with USA TODAY Education, a series of Media Literacy lessons focused on gender, self-image and equality.
Media Literacy program from the sponsor of the Oscars
Lesson plans to go with the Miss Representation feature film, available free to public schools.
HGHW Curriculum and other resources.
Project Girl curriculum and other resources.
Learn Channel: A collection of talks, lessons and other digital resources for 21st century learners
A project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Resources include using books to look at gender stereotypes in grades 1-3 and examining gender roles in advertising for grades 4-5
“View Now Do Now” film analysis exercises. Also, contact the center for pre-K to 12th grade programs.
Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
One week sequence for elementary schools on internet safety, healthy online habits, critical thinking about media.
Offers an Action Civics course that includes media analysis and media production
High-quality media from 1500 public media producers and more than 350 local PBS stations. Additional classroom materials.
Materials for Parents
Video describes four-part digital protection package recommended by Cyberwise.
This is a by-no-means exhaustive list of books. These are books we are more familiar with, and many of the authors are supporters of MLN. We will continue to build this section.
Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano
The Achilles Effect: What Pop Culture is Teaching Young Boys about Masculinity
Packaging Boyhood: Saving our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers and other Media Stereotypes
Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb, Mark Tappan
Spongeheadz: U & Media
The Princess Problem:
Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years
How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween
Melissa Atkins Wardy
Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children:
Teaching Kids to Be Smart Critics and Consumers
Jennifer W. Shewmaker
Packaging Girlhood Packaging Girlhood:
Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes
Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb
Cinderella Ate My Daughter:
Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More
Lori Day, Charlotte Kugler
The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens Thrive
Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World Paperback
Good Pictures Bad pictures, Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids
Kristen A. Jenson
(For parents to read to young children)
Local Resources by State
Check here for programs, workshops, teachers, and presenters near you. (Thanks to Katie Quartuch for research and Elizabeth Clifford for editing.)