Outcome Chart - Alberta - Knowledge and Employability Social Studies Grade 8

This outcome chart contains Media literacy learning expectations from the Alberta social studies curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site.

Skills and Processes

Dimensions of Thinking

Students will:
Develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking:

  • identify and re-examine their personal assumptions and opinions to broaden their understanding of a topic or issue
  • determine the validity of information based on context, bias, source, objectivity, evidence and reliability to broaden their understanding of a topic or issue
  • develop an awareness of how perspectives can shape understanding

Research for Deliberative Inquiry

Students will:
Apply research processes:

  • demonstrate responsible and ethical use of information and technology
  • locate information by using various parts of an information source; e.g., the glossary, table of contents, index and home page of a Web site
  • access and select information from a variety of sources; e.g., documents, art, songs, artifacts, narratives and oral stories
  • recognize that information serves a variety of purposes and that accuracy or relevance may require verification
  • compare various interpretations of events using a variety of evidence; e.g., photographs, artifacts, interviews and media reports


Students will:
Develop skills of media literacy:

  • identify techniques used to enhance the authority and authenticity of media messages
  • examine the values, lifestyles and points of view represented in media messages
  • recognize the impact of television, the Internet, radio and print media on a particular current affairs issue


Adjusting the Focus

Deconstructing Web Pages

Elections and the Media

Freedom to Smoke

Gender and Tobacco

Gender Messages in Alcohol Advertising

ICYouSee: A Lesson in Critical Thinking

Images of Learning: Elementary

Kids, Alcohol and Advertising - Lesson 1: Messages About Drinking

Kids, Alcohol and Advertising - Lesson 2: Young Drinkers

Kids, Alcohol and Advertising - Lesson 3: Understanding Brands

Kids, Alcohol and Advertising - Lesson 4: Interpreting Media Messages

Violence and Video Games

Looking Through the Lenses

Marketing to Teens: Alternate Ads

Marketing to Teens: Gender Roles in Advertising

Marketing to Teens: Introduction

Marketing to Teens: Marketing Tactics

News Journalism Across the Media: Introduction

Perceptions of Youth and Crime

Selling Tobacco

Sports Personalities in Magazine Advertising

Stereotyping and Bias

Television News: Lesson Four

The Impact of Gender Stereotypes

The True Story

Tobacco Labels

TV Dads: Immature and Irresponsible?

Video Games

Video Production of a Newscast

What Students Need to Know about Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy

Who Knows? Your Privacy in the Information Age

Whose Lenses? How Mass Media Portray Global Development

Media Minute Lesson 3: Audiences negotiate meaning

Media Minute Lesson 4: Media have commercial implications

Media Minute Lesson 5: Media have social and political implications

Cyberbullying and Civic Participation

Cyberbullying and the Law

Understanding Cyberbullying : Virtual vs. Physical Worlds

Promoting Ethical Behaviour Online: Our Values and Ethics

That’s Not Cool

Put Your Best Face Forward

Educational Games

Allies and Aliens

Click if You Agree

Student Tutorial (Licensed Resource)

MyWorld: A digital literacy tutorial for secondary students