3 Powerful Resources for Media Literacy

Kristin Lewis

Last February, I received a heartfelt note from one of Scope's advisors expressing concern about media literacy in this era of rampant fake news. Could I, he asked, address media literacy in an article in Scope? He wasn't the only one to ask. Many of you have reached out to me recently about your need for media literacy materials. "How do we equip students with the tools they need to be savvy, skeptical consumers of digital content?" is a question I hear again and again. That question is the reason I wrote this issue's paired text feature, "Are These Stories Real? (Nope.)"

Use the support materials below to help your students get the most of the article and keep the learning going.


1. Review important media literacy terms.

This handy list of terms will aid in comprehension as students read the article, watch the video, and complete the fact-checking activity. You'll want to keep this glossary for years to come. 



2. Watch the video.

Students get tips on how to be smart and savvy media consumers—from how to spot the difference between an advertisement and a news article to how to evaluate the credibility of a source. We recommend students watch the video after reading the article.



3. Complete the synthesizing graphic organizer.

This exquisitely simple activity will help students synthesize information from two texts: "Are These Stories Real? (Nope.)" and the folktale it's paired with in the magazine. (The activity is available on two levels.)




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