Over the past two years, students have been inundated with an almost constant stream of news and headlines about politics, racial and social unrest, the pandemic, and more. Even more essential is helping students develop enlightened media literacy skills.
Students should understand how to recognize reliable news and how to identify high quality, credible journalism. Bias is everywhere, and today’s young people need to identify and denounce it.
Identifying bias and developing strong media literacy and assessment skills begins in the classroom. Teachers need resources to illustrate the importance of these skills, and it is never too early to expose students to the media and point out the difference between high quality and suspicious information.
Here are 5 resources to help students assess information and develop strong media literacy skills:
1. CNN 10 offers video segments in 10-minute chunks, which teachers can use to introduce or complete a lesson. AT&T’s Youth Voices Collective offers videos on objectivity in journalism, source verification, on-camera broadcasting, and effective news writing.