Teaching Media: Learning With Media Lesson Plan
Level: Grades 1 to 6
Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.
In this lesson, students learn about media as a source of information, and how this information is presented from a particular point of view.
Big ideas/key concepts: Students will understand that...
Media are constructions
- Media makers make particular choices to achieve specific purposes
Media have social and political implications
- How media present reality affects how we see the world
Each medium has a unique aesthetic form:
- Codes and conventions of genres influence creators audiences
- Media makers draw and direct audiences’ attention using specific techniques
- How do we learn about the world from media?
- How do we learn differently from different mediums and genres?
- What different purposes are media makers working to achieve?
- How do media makers draw and direct our attention?
- How do media makers’ purposes and choices affect what we learn from media?
Essential knowledge: Students will know...
- Reading media: Common media genres; media techniques for drawing and directing attention.
- Making and remixing: Basic video production techniques
- Media representation: Effects of genre and purpose on how accurately a work reflects reality.
- Key vocabulary: Genre, Documentary, Educational video, Reality show, How-to video, Feature film, Action movie
Performance tasks: Students will be able to…
- Name examples of different genres
- Assess how realistic different genres are
- Identify different ways that media makers direct attention, speculate on the reasons for their choices and analyze their effects
- Optional: Create a media work that demonstrates their knowledge of media codes and conventions
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.