The Media-Savvy Middle School Classroom is a practical guide for teachers of Grades 5-8 who want to help their students achieve mastery of media literacy skills. Today’s fake news, alternative facts, and digital manipulations are compromising the critical thinking and well-being of middle grade learners already going through significant personal changes. This actionable book prepares teachers to help their students become informed consumers of online resources. Spanning correct source use, personal versus expert opinions, deliberate disinformation, social media, and more, these ready-to-use activities can be integrated directly into existing language arts and mathematics lesson plans.

chapter 1|5 pages

Why These Skills? Why Now?

chapter 2|6 pages

Who Said That and Why Does It Matter?

chapter 3|7 pages

Who’s an Expert?

chapter 4|7 pages

Information Echo Chambers

chapter 5|7 pages

Fact or Fiction?

chapter 6|7 pages

Before You Share

chapter 7|7 pages

Can You Believe That?

chapter 8|7 pages

Those Pesky Averages

chapter 9|6 pages

Framing the Question

chapter 10|7 pages

Putting a Slant on Things

chapter 11|7 pages

What Are the Chances?

chapter 12|5 pages

Going Forward