Do Sharks Love Ice Cream? Lesson Plan
Level: Grades 7-9
About the the Author: Mathew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
Duration: 1 1/2 to 2 hours, plus time for the assessment task
This lesson was produced with the financial support of Digital Public Square.
This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.
In this lesson, students learn how science news articles are written and how to read them with a critical eye. They analyze elements such as peer review, correlation, and bias, and then write a science article based on an actual press release.
- Understand how issues are represented in news and popular discourse, and analyze how these representations may or may not be accurate
- Analyze how medium and genre elements direct attention, communicate meaning and provoke inference
- Understand the norms and practices of the news industry
- Create a media work that makes effective use of codes and conventions of the medium and genre
- Ask critical questions about what is and is not included in a media work, whose voices are and are not included or given priority, and the implications of those choices
- Effectively use elements of medium and genre to direct attention, communicate meaning and provoke inference in a media work
- Consider the moral and social implications of creating and distributing a media work
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