Held in conjunction with UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Week,US Media Literacy Week (October 24–28) will celebrate one of the five components of media literacy’s definition of the day: Access (October 24), Analyze (October 25), Evaluate (October 26), Create (October 27), and Act (October 28).
In response to the increasing amount of media children are exposed to on a regular basis, the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and Makefully Studios have teamed up to provide educators with content that will inspire relevant, rich, and age-appropriate discussion in their classrooms about how students consume and interact with different types of media. For example, the Media Monster lesson plan helps students in grades 3–5 identify, reflect on, and identify behaviors and mediapractices in themselves, and identify the media literacy skills needed to improve the ways they engage with media and think critically about the media messages around them.
As Thanksgiving approaches, teachers have the opportunity to engage their students in meaningful discourse about history and how it is remembered. Here are some resources to embrace a new approach to Thanksgiving.