In this section, we explore how a heteronormative media constructs, represents, and comments on the legitimacy of Queer and transgender identities. We also explore the differences and overlaps between mainstream media and their queer counterparts.
This lesson introduces students to the ways in which advertising can affect their food choices.
This lesson looks at food photography and the different techniques used by food stylists to make foods look appealing in advertisements.
This lesson familiarizes children with the nutritional value of foods advertised on television and in magazines.
In this lesson, students use science and critical thinking to test the legitimacy of advertisers’ claims about their products.
To familiarize students with the marketing techniques used in television and magazine snack food ads.
In this lesson, students look at the health issues that are associated with our fast food culture, and the advertising of it.
Studies have found that fast-food ads dominate children’s programming. In order to give children a perspective on the lure of snack-food advertisements, it’s important that they understand where snacks can fit into a healthy diet. Once they have an understanding of where snack food fits into their lives, they can begin to deconstruct the ads themselves.
This lesson introduces students to the ways in which packaging is designed to attract kids.
Teachers who include media literacy in their classrooms often face issues that don’t arise in other subjects. Nothing illustrates this better than the issue of diversity in media. It’s not unreasonable for teachers to see the topic as a can of worms and be concerned about offending students and their parents – not to mention worrying about what the students themselves might say. At the same time, it’s a topic that is simply too important to be ignored: what we see in media hugely influences how we see others, ourselves and the world. As a result, an ability to analyze media depictions of diversity is not only a key element of being media literate, it’s essential to understanding many of the social issues and concerns that we face as citizens. That’s why Media Awareness Network has developed That’s Not Me – a new online tutorial for professional development to help educators and community leaders approach this issue through key concepts of media literacy.