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Media Literacy: Examining the World of Television Teens

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Maureen Carroll

Pleasanton, California

Leslie Harper Blatteau

New Haven, Connecticut


International Literacy Association



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Students are immersed in popular culture. As educators, we have an opportunity to engage them in literacy activities that make use of this fun and engaging resource. In this lesson, students develop media literacy skills as they explore and analyze an episode of a popular television series. Possible shows include Zoe 101, The Secret Life of the American Teenager,or any of the High School Musical movies. Students reflect on characters, motivations, problems, and solutions as they view and interpret media. They then propose a new television series that more realistically portrays teenagers.

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Literary Elements Map: This tools helps students organize the different details they find about the teenagers they research.

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Carroll, M. (2004). Cartwheels on the keyboard: Computer-based literacy instruction in an elementary classroom. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

  • Using the Internet as a learning resource can be highly motivating for developing literacy learners.

  • There is no one best way to incorporate computers into the literacy classroom. Instead, teachers should use computers to enhance their instructional goals.

  • Computer use is about discovery of the ways language works and what students can do with language as they pursue both intellectual and social goals.

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