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Captioned Media Improves Literacy

Feb 15, 2019 2019-02-15

SPOTLIGHT! On Using Captioned Media to Improve Literacy

Described and Captioned Media Program’s (DCMP) Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is the first national reading event to put emphasis on the importance of captioned media as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Thousands of students have participated in this event since its inauguration in 2006. Teachers can order a free RCAA kit, learn more about how captioning improves literacy, and find great ideas from teachers and parents on the RCAA website.

Educators can also use these captioned media resources from DCMP to celebrate Black History Month (February) and Presidents Day (February 18)—and throughout the year.

Black History Captioned Videos

Over the years, many great men and women have contributed to African American history, such as Dr. Andrew Foster (the first African American to graduate from Gallaudet University, who also established schools for the deaf in Africa), Sheryl Emery (the founder of National Black Deaf Association), and Haben Girma (the first deaf-blind individual to graduate from Harvard Law School). Their achievements have positively impacted African Americans in the United States.

“Our Presidents in American History” Captioned Videos

Co-produced by DCMP and NBC News, this comprehensive series for grades 3–8 covers 43 American presidents—from George Washington to George W. Bush. Period graphics and artwork, exclusive NBC News footage, and illuminating narration help to create a vivid portrait of each president.

Media Literacy Reading/English/Language Arts Digital Literacy

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