Friday, July 19, 2013

Media Literacy and Close Reading

In this blog post, Susan Ruckdschel offers a plethora of suggestions for the classroom teacher who wishes to engage her students in meeting Common Core ELA standards through the "close reading" of media texts.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Text With Strong Elements of Visual/Media Literacy

I've just become aware of a new  K-12 textbook series which includes strong elements of both visual and media literacy.  The title is: "Inquire | A Student Handbook for 21st Century Learning"and it's published by Zaner-Bloser.  If you teach media/visual literacy and you are looking for something new and fresh, you might wish to consider this series.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review and comment on new National Core Arts Standards (including media arts)

Public review of the National Core Arts Standards has opened!  Please pass it on! The public review of drafts of grades PreK- 8 for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts has opened!  Please go to the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards website at and click on Public Review to access the orientation video, links to a survey for each discipline and links to recommended reading.  Please encourage teachers, teaching artists, administrators, parents and students to visit the site and participate in the survey.  The writing teams are anxious for your feedback and every voice is important. The review ends on July 15. Thank you for your interest in the review.