Now more than ever, it’s vital that students be able to parse fiction from reality, whether it be what they see on the news, social media and on streaming networks. However, many students struggle to do so, even as teachers incorporate specific media literacy components into their curriculum. Part of that is because real media literacy is being able to delineate simple fact from fiction, but also the harder challenge of separating truth from reality. In this session, the facilitator will introduce the idea that documentary might just be the key to unlocking that true media literacy among students.
Why? Because many of the documentaries that might be screened in a classroom combine the factual aspects of news reports with the more entertaining and colorful aspects of TV or movies. Through this convergence, teachers can have students grapple with important media literacy concepts like perspective, point of view, bias, and tone. Who is telling the story? How are they telling it? What message are they trying to send? What perspectives are they including, or not including, in order to send that message?
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