The Center for News Literacy in Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism has established the Digital Resources Center, which features “Ripped from the Headlines”—literacy lessons, based on the latest news, ready to use in class. The Resources Center also offers “Course Pack,” a 14-module curriculum organized around eight major concepts, which takes students from the first information revolution of Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press to the Digital Age of Mark Zukerberg’s Facebook. Each lesson can stand alone or be integrated into a specific instructional program. An accompanying Glossary presents the language of news literacy. Teachers can “Get a Global View” with instructional resources from the Resources Center’s international partners, as well as “DIY News Literacy Lesson” offering inspiration and templates for creating their own instruction around News Literacy concepts or in collaboration with other News Literacy teachers.
Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than 40 years. Known for a signature style that brings primary source documents, images, and archival video footage to life on screen, these films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions for students and introduce new ideas, perspectives, and primary sources.
On November 8, 2022, people across the country voted in the nation’s midterm elections. Facing History has created a collection of short, easily digestible resources to help teachers and their students enhance their media literacy skills.
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.