Type:

Unit

Description:

This 6-8 week unit draws upon social studies, media literacy and inquiry to explore how social networks and media technologies promote and disrupt democratic practices. It is intended for middle grade students (grades 6th-8th). The unit is organized in 3 major sections: Communication Timeline Inquiry (Week 1-2), First Amendment and Cyber Rights Inquiry / Webquest (Week 3-4) and Free Cyber Speech and Internet Safety Public Service Productions (Week 5-8) This copy is an attempt to metadata enrich this examplary collection of Curriki.org with appropriate LRMI annotations.

Subjects:

  • Educational Technology > General
  • Educational Technology > Integrating Technology into the Classroom
  • Educational Technology > Using Multimedia & the Internet
  • Information & Media Literacy > General
  • Information & Media Literacy > Evaluating Sources
  • Information & Media Literacy > Media Ethics
  • Information & Media Literacy > Online Safety
  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Listening & Speaking
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension
  • Language Arts > Research
  • Language Arts > Writing
  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > Current Events
  • Social Studies > Global Awareness
  • Social Studies > Technology
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10

Keywords:

Media Literacy Democracy Free Speech

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Collections:

None
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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2013-12-31.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a timely and engaging unit intended to help students explore the role of social technology in the democratic process. The resource includes an abstract, objectives, and detailed lesson plans. Throughout the unit, students participate in a variety of activities that encourage the use of critical thinking, writing, and technology skills. Highlights include research on current and past media tools, an essay on the pros/cons of cyber free speech, a webquest on internet safety, and a project to create a public service product on the safe internet use and free speech responsibilities.

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