“Media Literacy for Development & Children’s Rights” was created by UNICEF Canada to help young people in grades 6 - 8 understand the role played by the media in influencing their attitudes and perceptions about developing nations and development issues. This module contains a series of lessons, exercises and background information to help familiarize students with the issues and challenges surrounding representation of other countries and cultures by the media.
Lessons on Media and Global Development for Grades 7-12
In this four-day unit, students will examine the role of popular culture celebrities in creating awareness of world issues.
In this five- or six-day unit, students create a video podcast to present balanced, unbiased perspectives on global development issues.
In this three-day unit, students assess media coverage of natural disasters and their aftermath. Students explore how sensationalism plays a role in determining what is newsworthy, and how that can distort our perception of issues in developing nations.
In this lesson, students learn about the difference between legitimate debate on a political issue and arguments that are based on hate.
This lesson starts with an interactive quiz that teaches students about the ways in which hate may be encountered online.
In this lesson, students develop a deeper understanding of scapegoating and othering and how these factors may contribute to the promotion of hatred and intolerance.
In this lesson students learn about the ways that propaganda techniques are used to promote hatred and intolerance online.