Media Literacy: Teach it Early and Teach it Often


As students question the world around them, they often turn to online sources for information, but for many of them it’s hard to determine if what they’re consuming online is true. In this white paper, Newsela explores ways that teachers can help students by teaching media literacy early and often, and infusing lessons into the social studies classroom and beyond.

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How to help students become media literate early in their educational journey
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How to use practical strategies to bring media literacy into the classroom
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Why media literacy should be taught in social studies and across disciplines and subject areas
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It’s healthy for kids to question things, and they often do: Why is the sky blue? Why can’t I go to the movies tonight? Why do we have to learn math? As students question the world around them, they often turn to online sources for information, but for many of them it’s hard to determine if what they’re consuming online is true. Despite the vast number of sites and apps young people use to consume media like Tik Tok, Instagram, and YouTube, they still seek confirmation from trusted adults in their lives. As they grow to become independent thinkers and successful members of civil society, it’s critical they learn how to make the determinations between fact and fiction, between opinion and analysis, for themselves.

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