Arts Education

In the Ontario curriculum for The Arts, media components are found in the Reflecting, Responding and Analysing and Foundations threads. The document The Arts: Grades 1-8 names media analysis as one of the key strategies for approaching arts education: “Media analysis is a critical literacy strategy in which commercial media works are examined for the purpose of “decoding” the work – that is, determining the purpose, intended audience, mood, and message of the work, and the techniques used to create it. Through media analysis, students evaluate everyday media, maintaining a critical distance and resisting manipulation by media producers, and they learn about media techniques that they can then use to create or enhance their own works. Key concepts of media analysis include recognition that media construct reality, have commercial implications, contain ideological and value messages, and have social and political implications.”

Click on a grade level under Arts Education for a list of media-related outcomes and links to supporting resources from the MediaSmarts site. (Note: as many of our lessons can be adapted to suit different grade levels, specific lessons may be listed for more than one grade. Teachers should also note that individual lessons often satisfy a number of learning outcomes.)