Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking

Advertising: it’s everywhere. As media literacy educators work to engage students in conversations about commercial marketing, we have to consider the close reading of print and video ads. Frank Baker provides starting points and resources for teachers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Author: Teens should read graphic novels not just 'worthy' novels

“(this conference) is all about repositioning reading for teens. Books should also be celebrated for their enormous entertainment value – they don’t need to be worthy.”  (children’s laureate Malorie Blackman ) added she would advocated “anything” that encouraged young people to read, including graphic novels, or film and TV adaptations. (Source)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Deconstructing A News Magazine Cover (Visual Literacy)

Check out this recent cover from Newsweek Magazine. 

Having students identify the people portrayed, their clothes, and even the symbols might be productive.

Whether you're a fan of  HBO's series "Game of Thrones" or not, this might be good for student analysis, deconstruction and discussion.

Here is a simple handout I developed with questions you might consider using with students.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Close Reading & What It Means for Media Literacy

Close reading isn’t just for printed texts anymore. To help students meet Common Core standards related to close observation and effective questioning, media literacy consultant Frank Baker, writing on Middleweb.com, suggests ways to engage them with a range of visual content.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Images & Words of WWII Featured in New WWII Exhibit

"The Power of Words and Images in a World at War" (an exhibit at the Grolier Club in New York City) focuses on the iconic posters, broadsides, books and periodicals that influenced millions in the six-year course of the last great worldwide conflict. The major themes of this conflict -- the antecedents of war, the rise of German nationalism, the Blitz, Pearl Harbor, the European and Pacific theaters, life on various home fronts – are illustrated by colorful and dramatic examples of the graphic and propaganda arts, drawn from the collection of The Museum of World War II in Boston, one of the most comprehensive in the world. See a slideshow and read a review of the exhibit in The New York Times.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Magnum Photographer Recalls Tinanmen Square & Iconic Tank Man Photo

Stuart Franklin, the Magnum photographer, tells his story of the 1989 protests, from peaceful demonstration to bloody crackdown, the iconic 'tank man' – and how hamburgers gave him his big break.

Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Interviews/Airing on A&E

The Hollywood Reporter and A&E Network have partnered to produce The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables series, featuring TV's top Emmy contenders in intimate discussions leading up to the nominations. 

Broadcast as a four-part series, the Roundtables will kick off June 8 with two episodes, the hourlong Drama Actor and Drama Actress panels. A&E, which reaches 100 million U.S. homes, will air the Comedy Actor and Comedy Actress Roundtables on June 15. Film-focused Roundtables during the Oscar season will follow on A&E later this year.  
More details here.