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Media-Savvy Center Faculty Classroom: Methods

Media-Savvy Center Faculty Classroom: Methods


The Media-Savvy Center Faculty Classroom: Methods for Instructing Towards Disinformation 
By Susan Brooks-Younger
(Routledge/Eye On Training, 2021 – Be taught extra)

Reviewed by Megan Balduf

At first look the title of Susan Brooks-Younger’s textual content looks as if an English instructor’s dream. In lots of locations media literacy is (or ought to be) a part of the English Language Arts requirements, so a set of methods for countering disinformation is an academic gold mine.

Brooks-Younger’s slim quantity packs a punch, protecting a spread of matters in beneath 100 pages. It’s a terrific textual content for these searching for a theoretical basis on why media literacy is necessary and what some points with disinformation are.

Nevertheless, regardless of the promise of methods that may be simply slotted into class, Brooks-Younger’s advised classes felt extra like materials for a stand-alone media literacy class than one thing academics may shortly adapt to their present practices.

Classes for chosen sides of media literacy

Most individuals would agree there are lots of sides to media literacy. Actually, in its survey of media literacy matters, the Nationwide Affiliation for Media Literacy Training discovered over 20 totally different matters that comprise media literacy. This alone makes incorporating media literacy into an already-full slate of requirements troublesome.

Brooks-Younger gives methods to deal with ten totally different considerations:

  • Correct citation attribution
  • Experience
  • Echo chambers
  • Truth versus fiction
  • Sharing info
  • Statistics
  • Averages
  • Query-framing on surveys
  • Information visualization
  • Likelihood

For every ability, Brooks-Younger gives a lesson plan aligned to Widespread Core State Requirements. In laying out her guide with the matters above, her intent is to hyperlink the primary 5 to ELA or social research courses whereas the latter are adaptable for arithmetic programs.

Past the standard center schooler

Regardless of the time I put money into my very own classroom for media literacy training, I discovered a few of Brooks-Younger’s expertise too esoteric for what I do (and so far too theoretical for a typical center faculty classroom which will barely scratch the floor of media literacy). As an illustration, as attention-grabbing as I discover informantion about how surveys are written and the best way our biases might play into how questions and responses are written, my greater concern is that my college students acknowledge bias typically.

I’d relatively put my time and vitality into educating college students what bias is and the way it colours what they see – and thus how they’ll probably fight it – than focus so intently on how questions on a survey may be written to offer an deliberately biased final result.

How the teachings are structured

The lesson plans for every ability are much less full-lesson than define, which works for the context. Brooks-Younger gives background on the how and why of the plan, offering clear targets and connections to Widespread Core requirements. Every plan has a set-up and clarification of the exercise itself in addition to an ending/extension.

A number of plans even have choices for modification. With every plan, nonetheless, I felt they assumed a higher stage of prior information or expertise with media literacy than most college students usually have. Moreover, the time vary offered would practically must be doubled in conditions the place college students have had little publicity to media literacy.

Total, the premise behind ensuring center faculty college students are media-savvy is critically necessary in a world the place info is offered in so some ways, by so many voices, and consumed throughout many various types of media. But I want I used to be capable of fold extra of Brooks-Younger’s work into my tutorial follow. It’s supported by stable concept, however the sensible implications fell in need of what I imagine would work in most center faculty lecture rooms.


Nationwide Affiliation for Media Literacy Training. SNAPSHOT 2019: The State of Media Literacy Training within the U.S. NAMLE, 2019, https://namle.web/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SOML_FINAL.pdf.

Megan Balduf (@MBalduf) is a public center faculty English instructor with nineteen years’ expertise. Being a classroom instructor was all the time her dream, and her expertise mixed with a ardour for all the time striving for higher helped Megan turn into a instructor chief in her constructing, in her faculty system, and with roles in nationwide organizations. Since coming into the classroom, Megan has earned an MA in Gifted Training, and an MA in English for Language Arts Academics, and has turn into a Nationwide Board Licensed Trainer.




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