Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
Grade range: 
9 to 12
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
Course Level Expectation
Evaluate the aural, visual, and written images and other special effects used in television, radio, film, and the Internet for their ability to inform,
Examine the agreements and conflicts between the visual (e.g., media images, painting, film, graphic arts) and the verbal.
Recognize how visual and sound techniques or design (e.g., special effects, camera angles, music) carry or influence messages in various media.
Apply and adapt the principles of written composition to create coherent media productions.
Check For Understanding
Analyze and evaluate the effects on the audience of the sounds, visuals, and language used in a wide array of media.
Identify, analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of the relationship between visual elements (e.g., media images, painting, film, and graphic arts) and verbal
Evaluate the effectiveness of conventional and unconventional visual and sound techniques and design elements (e.g., special effects, camera angles, lighting,
Demonstrate consistent and effective audience focus through purposeful choice of medium; compelling images, words, and sounds; and focused supporting ideas.
Understand the transactional nature of media by considering audience in preparing productions.
Employ conventional and unconventional visual images, text, graphics, music, and/or sound effects to achieve the purposes in complex media presentations.