Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
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According the National Association for Media Literacy Education: The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in todays world. Media (or Cine) literacy is a repertoire of competences that enable people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and forms. Education for media literacy often uses an inquiry-based pedagogic model that encourages people to ask questions about what they watch, hear, and read. Media literacy education provides tools to help people critically analyze messages, offers opportunities for learners to broaden their experience of media, and helps them develop creative skills in making their own media messages.Conceptual StrandAll students must understand, analyze and use multi-media technology in all facets of life to keep pace with society and ensure lifelong learning. Guiding QuestionHow can students understand, analyze and use multi-media technology to keep pace with society and ensure lifelong learning?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Recognize that media can be a source of information and entertainment.
Use media to publish and present information.
Understand that the choice of medium influences the message in a presentation.
Be aware of how message or meaning changes when a written work is translated into a visual presentation.
Check For Understanding
Use media (e.g., photographs, PowerPoint, dioramas, videos, the arts, online catalogs, nonfiction books, encyclopedias, Internet) to view, read, and represent
Use print and non-print materials along with prior knowledge to provide background for writing and/or presenting.
Use media to conduct research and prepare reports.
Use libraries/media centers to access media sources.
Use media to enhance reports and oral presentations.
Examine the effects of media (e.g., television, print materials, Internet, magazines, cell phones) on daily life.
State Performance Indicator
Select the most appropriate medium or media for accessing information, writing a report, or enhancing an oral presentation.
Determine the main idea in a visual image.
Identify the mood created by a visual image.
Identify the various functions of media in daily life (i.e., communication, entertainment, information, persuasion).