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April 16, 2014

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Verification Handbook

Verification Handbook

Our students are not the only ones struggling with verifying credibility. Journalists, especially those dealing with the crunch of deadlines and the flood of social media during a crisis, fall prey to hoaxes, phoney tweets and image fakery as well. Verification Handbook, a new, free ebook published by the European Journalism Centre, offers a series of [...]

Frank Baker on libraries and media literacy

Frank Baker on libraries and media literacy

Each year around this time, I reconnect with media literacy guru, Frank Baker (@fbaker) about his resources for thoughtfully examining the media messages surrounding those two, too-interesting-not-to-analyze big winter television events–the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl Yesterday, we had another chat. Although Frank is a strong supporter of our work, he believes that it is [...]

Teach with Movies is now free!

TeachWithMovies offers access to more than 350 lesson plans and learning guides for movies and films. I’ve long been a big fan of reading and studying movies. I’ve been a fan of this site’s rich curricular materials for many years. I just discovered that I do not need to re-subscribe. The site is now available for free (though it will [...]

Is ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ the Darkest Superhero Film Ever?

Is ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ the Darkest Superhero Film Ever?

Can creators in essence separate the “super” from the “hero” and still be said to be working with the same character?

Something to Consider on the Eve of Comic-Con: Cosplay and Critical Thinking

Something to Consider on the Eve of Comic-Con: Cosplay and Critical Thinking

“We can look at cosplay as a medium that assists other media, anime and manga, by targeting a certain audience segment related to fandom.”

Oh, All That Annoying Movie Marketing: A Chat with Critic Eric D. Snider

“Young people are pretty savvy about marketing…They don’t consider something ‘bad’ or ‘annoying’ just because it’s marketing, the way many of us in the previous generation did.”

The Pop Culture Propaganda of Ender’s Game, Pacific Rim, and G.I. Joe

The Pop Culture Propaganda of Ender’s Game, Pacific Rim, and G.I. Joe

These posters’ apparently value-free aspect is perhaps what’s most worth exploring with young people…

‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.

Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?

Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?

More than just a craze, the interest in zombies points the way towards a new kind of literacy engagement.

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

The task for educators is not to drain this sense of open-ended exploration from student-fans but rather to make sure that it is accompanied by the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of critical literacy…

Teaching Genre Conventions From a Fan’s Perspective

While some readers may view particular story elements as clichés, a fan might see them as enduring archetypes…

Expanding a Book’s Universe

Expanding a Book’s Universe

Together we looked for ‘cheese holes’, or spaces in the story that allow the audience to participate in, contribute further to, and augment the original story using their own intelligence and imagination.

How Foreign Films Can Teach Critical Thinking

Teenagers feel uncomfortable with the foreign setting, the emphasis on character and plot development. Yet, as students become engrossed in the story, they surrender to the “foreignness”…

Visual Literacy and Media Literacy QuickLink: Brutally Honest Oscar Posters

Just in case you missed this gallery of reimagined posters for the Best Picture Oscar nominees when College Humor debuted it last month…

Scriptwriting, the ‘Languages of Film,’ and Media Literacy: Teaching the Oscars with Frank Baker

Scriptwriting, the ‘Languages of Film,’ and Media Literacy: Teaching the Oscars with Frank Baker

“I think it’s a tragedy that most of today’s textbooks completely ignore media and the important process of scriptwriting.”

The Oscars: Frank Baker Talks Critical Thinking, Movie Fandom, and the Common Core

The Oscars: Frank Baker Talks Critical Thinking, Movie Fandom, and the Common Core

“Yes: I think it is fair, appropriate and altogether fitting that we share our passion for media. I think a great question to ask anyone and to demand an answer to is: why are you a fan of __(fill in the blank)_?”

Giveaway: Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack of BULLY

Giveaway: Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack of BULLY

Young people need to understand the way that media texts position them—even with, or perhaps especially with, those texts whose content they are sympathetic to…

Media Literacy, Powerfully: A Model for School Librarian and Classroom Teacher Collaboration

“We use cereal boxes which hang in the library to identify the different aspects used to sell to adults vs children…”

For Your Consideration: ‘Life of Pi,’ the Oscars, and How to Persuade the Media

Why is the case so strenuously made for a potential Best Picture win for ‘Life of Pi’?

Comics Creation & Critical Thinking: From Doctor Who to Bitstrips

Comics Creation & Critical Thinking: From Doctor Who to Bitstrips

The limitations of most Comics Creation software are actually strengths when it comes to learning about media and enhancing critical thinking skills…