Cyber Civics: Media Literacy in 8th Grade

“The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world.” -N.A.M.L.E., the National Association for Media Literacy Education

Year 3 of Cyber Civics, intended for 8th grade, focuses entirely on “Media Literacy,” or “the use of critical thinking skills to evaluate media messages.

This is such an important skill that many states in the U.S. are now mandating that “Media Literacy” be taught in school.

In addition to evaluating media messages, towards the end of the year students learn skills that will help them with both the written and visual portions of their 8th grade projects.

Following is an overview of the year:

  •  My Media Diet
  • Using Your C.R.A.P. Detection Skills
  • Gender Representation in the Media
  • Advertising Messages
  • Digital Doctored Photos
  • Spot the Photoshop
  • Urban Legends
  • Copyright Review
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Paraphrasing Strategies
  • Citing Online Sources
  • Using Creative Commons
  • Making Digital Presentations

And Much More!

The 8th grade year of Cyber Civics will be available soon! Please contact Diana Graber if you would like to be notified when it is ready.

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