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Media Literacy Unit: Skill Building

Skill Building Presentation

Watch this presentation on Media Literacy Skill Building and then complete the activity below. You may also view the TedTalks at the bottom of the page for more perspectives on trust and internet resources.

Media Elements Identification Activity

Find two "conflicting" news sources.

Use a digital or actual pen and mark on the news source to find: 

  • Circle - factual information: 
    • Citations that include links, actual names of authors and interviewees, dates, times, hard, factual information that you know happened. 
  • Underline - Opinion: 
    • In reputable news sources, opinion pieces will be stated as such,  
    • Sometimes, looking for personal pronouns like “I” and “me” can give you some clues as to the author’s point of view. 
  • Put a star next to - Speculation: 
    • Stating what could happen as a result of current events, postulating on future events 
  • Put a box around - Proposals or Calls to Action: 
    • The author is calling on the reader to do something or proposing a change in action, often politically motivated

Follow-up Questions:

  1. What do you notice about the two different articles and your experience identifying elements? What was your reaction to each article?
  2. Do either of these sources cater to your own implicit biases? If so, how and why?
  3. What would you say to a peer who wanted to use both of these articles in a research paper?

TedTalk: Alex Edmans

TedTalk: Claire Wardle