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Each Atlantic Province follows closely the Atlantic Provinces Education Foundation Framework for English Language Arts. In this Framework, media literacy is integrated throughout the English Language Arts curriculum under the general learning outcomes of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing and Writing and Other Ways of Representing.
The following excerpt from Atlantic Canada English Language Arts Curriculum, Grades 7-9, details how media education has been integrated into the Atlantic curriculum.
For specific, media-related outcomes and supporting resources for individual grade levels, see the sidebar.(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 will often satisfy a number of learning outcomes.)
The Role of Media Literacy in the English Language Arts Curriculum: Kindergarten to Grade 6
The influence of media, such as TV, film, videos, magazines, computer games, and popular music, is pervasive in the lives of students today. It is important therefore, that, beginning in the primary grades, students learn to use media resources critically and thoughtfully.
Media literacy is a form of critical thinking that is applied to the message being sent by the mass media. In the primary grades, students can begin to develop media literacy by asking themselves questions such as the following:
Students make sense of media messages based on their prior knowledge and experiences. After considering their personal connections, they can learn to analyse and evaluate the ideas, values, techniques, and contexts of media messages. Media literacy activities should be integrated into the curriculum.
The following are some examples of such activities appropriate for the primary grades:
Atlantic Canada English Language Arts Curriculum Entry - Grade 6
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