MEDIA LITERACY 101: III. Five Things Everyone Should Know About Media

Subject: Digital Literacy
Grade Level: All
Source: Cable in the Classroom

  • All media messages are constructions
  • Each person interprets messages differently
  • Media have commercial interests
  • Media have values
  • Each medium has its own language and style
The five concepts are explained in detail in the lessons that follow. Understanding these concepts can help your students or children:
  • Become active and critical thinkers about media
  • Develop criteria for making decisions about media use
  • Find and identify quality media resources
  • Talk about what media they are consuming and why
  • Become better able to use media for learning and communicating.


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