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Media Literacy: Making Sense of the 24-7 News Cycle

Levels: College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School

Unit: Talking Turkey: Dinner Table Discussions, Democracy Corps

A free press is essential to the success of a democracy. As the media has evolved over time to include radio, television, internet and now smart phones and social media apps- the ability in “being capable to read them” needs examining. This lesson guides students through analysis of social media posts, the definition of terms relevant to the media, and provides tools for identifying quality sources for examination of current political issues. This lesson accompanies the Talking Turkey: Taking the ‘Dis’ Out of Civil Discourse program as well as YLI and American Evolution’s First Freedom Wall.

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