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Defining Literacy in a Digital World
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
- Choose a text to use as an example during the first session. A text that combines several ways of communicating ideas is best (e.g., a poster, a film clip, a music video). Alternately, you can use the Uncle Sam poster. Make arrangements to project the poster for the class if you choose this option.
- Review the Websites listed below, which are used in the Defining Literacy in a Digital World interactive, to ensure that they are all suitable for your classroom:
- The Ad Council
- American Museum of the Moving Image
- Circle of Stories
- CNN Student News
- Fox Movies
- The White House
If any are inappropriate, make adaptations to the lesson as necessary. If desired, you can use the Website Analysis Worksheet as an alternative to explore a list of sites customized for your classroom.
- The Ad Council
- For background information on new literacies, see 21st Century Literacies.
- Test the Defining Literacy in a Digital World interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.