Media Literacy Lesson Plans

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The Salzburg Academy's Global Media Literacy Action Plans prepare students for active and inclusive roles in the world by teaching:

I.  Critical Thinking & Analysis Skills

The Global Media Literacy lesson plans teach basic media literacy skills—comprehension, analysis, evaluation.  Students are taught how

  1. to identify what “news”  is and how media, as well as other actors, decide what information matters 
  2. to monitor, analyze and compare media coverage of people and events 
  3. to understand media's role in shaping global issues

II.  How Media Uphold Citizens' Freedom of Expression

The Global Media Literacy lesson plans also illuminate the connections between media literacy and civil society and teach students about the importance of exercising their human right to freedom of expression.  Students learn:

  1. to defend media in their oversight of good government, corporate accountability and economic development
  2. to promote civil society by themselves becoming a responsible part of the communication chain
  3. to motivate media to better cover news by communicating to media their expectations for accuracy, fairness and transparency

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The learning content embedded in our Media Literacy Educational Content is based on research in media literacy and activism. It derives from a 5As framework of media literacy, born in 2007 at the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, and developed in a book titled Media Literacy & the Emerging Citizen (2014) by Academy Director Paul Mihailidis. The figure below presents the ecosystem for media literacy developed in this research.