Media & Lit Syllabus
General Course Information:
Grade level (s) offered: 11
Prerequisites: Students must have taken English 9 and English 10.
Brief Course Description:
This course integrates the analytical study of multicultural literature and asks students to become media literate by understanding the history of media, the types of media, the influence and power of media as well as their relationship to all three. In addition, the course asks students to consider their role in their society by considering varying points of view, analyzing biases and stereotypes, and projecting implications of contemporary issues for the future.
The objectives of this course are designed to further aid students in their abilities to read and write critically, research, analyze and present conclusions in a multimedia format. Discussion and oral language skills are also integral aspects of this class.
Methods of Instruction:
Discussion is the primary way in which students come to understand a particular work of fiction or poetry. Discussion is both large group and small group. Discussions are sometimes student led. Cooperative learning groups are also used extensively in this class. There are projects and assignments done individually as well. Students can expect to read and complete other work outside of class.
Quarter 1: Media in the Image Culture ( 7 weeks)
Overview of Media & Lit (1 week)
Unit One: Media Literacy and Awareness (1 week)
Unit Two: Media & Children (1 week)
Unit Three: Media & Gender (1 week)
Unit Four: Media & Diversity (1 week)
Unit Five: Media, the News, and the Truth (1 week)
Unit Six: The Truman Show (1 week)
Quarter 2: Multicultural Literature ( 7 weeks)
American Diversity: A multicultural society in one environment
What is culture?
Star Power Game
Living in a diverse culture:
Four ethnic groups: appreciating the voices of everyone
Dances With Wolves
Independent Project/Semester Exam (3 weeks)
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