Viral News: Media Literacy for the 21st Centuryby: Michelle Klosterman, Troy Sadler, and Julie Brown

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The authors present a lesson designed to address the 21st-century skills of information and media literacy in the context of science issues. This lesson was embedded in a full unit focused on viruses and vaccines at the eighth-grade level.

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  • on Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:25 PM

If you are looking for a lesson that will help you teach science literacy to your students, look no further. I modified this lesson to use with my HS biology class. We looked at influenza and Ebola instead of HIV and HPV. I had my students find some of the media clips and I also provided some to them. The graphic organizer was excellent at helping students organized their thoughts.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:50 AM

The forty minute lesson presented in this article is designed to address the 21st-century skills of information and media literacy in the context of science issues. Designed for an eighth grade classroom it focuses on viruses and vaccines in particular HIV and HPV. The complete activity presented in this article uses media and also teaches about media. Students will be able to access scientific media, analyze what is presented, evaluate the value of the media and create written or visual representation of the science presented in the media. Understanding the validity of scientific media is essential for all citizens.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:35 PM

In an effort to address the goal of media-literacy in education, which is to teach about media-not just with media, the authors have developed a lesson designed to address the 21st century skills of information and media literacy using the HIV and HPV virus as their focus. They believe that, although controversial, their students recognized that understanding about these virus’s was a significant issue in their lives and that misunderstanding the science of HIV and HPV could lead to negative consequences. This article provided the Objectives and NSES Content Standards addressed in this article, the relevant 21st –century skills, an Activity Worksheet: “Viral News”, a student work sample, a list of selected media sources, and grouping suggestions. The authors divided this activity into three carefully designed sections with a summary at the end. They also included some carefully considered recommendations to help address the controversial nature of the choice of topics. This is a well designed and carefully constructed activity for grades 8 and above.

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

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