Media Literacy Lesson & Studio Project

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"Exposing Gender Stereotypes"

Here is the studio project I did that goes along with the lesson plan on media literacy:

Untitled from Amanda Kral on Vimeo.

Full Lesson Plan:

Lesson Plan.docx

Overview of Lesson Plan:

Grade Level/Age: 11th Grade
Time Needed: Six Class Periods

Focus: To make students thoughtful viewers.


a.)The students will identify the functions of software such as photo editing, video-editing and sound-editing tools, in creating original products for expressive intent. (
b.)The students will analyze the meanings and functions of media arts. (
c.)The students will analyze, interpret and evaluate a variety of media artworks by applying self-selected criteria within the traditions of the art form. (
d.)The students will discuss characteristics of male and female stereotypes in our society.

Motivational Resources:
1. A PowerPoint to show the class that gives a general idea of what media literacy is so they get a better understanding of the purpose of the assignment.
Presentation (Blog).pptx

2. An interactive worksheet where the students will answer questions based on deconstructing a media message and their interpretation of specific gender role qualities (based on the PowerPoint given above).

3. Short clip(s) of the Disney movies that display gender role qualities (specifically for this project: two clips from the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.
(Start watching clip from start to 2:39)
(Start watching clip from 3:06 to 4:46)

4. Teacher's blog to show an example of a possible idea for the project.

Art Materials:

•Access to a computer lab (preferably a MacLab where iMovie and GarageBand is available)
•Video cameras (number of how many depends on number of groups there are)
•Memory cards (to store the video data)
•Tripods (optional)
•Props you need to create the movie of your choice
•Flash drives (if possible, one per group to save the data after each class period)


"Media literacy refers to the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media messages of all kinds ("Introduction to Media Literacy). Studying and learning about media literacy can help people in many ways understand the world around them. It's an important lesson to learn in schools and in public life. Learning about media literacy allows students or the community to engage in practicing critical thinking skills and be aware of our media culture that we are influenced by every day. There are ten basic fundamental concepts that the study and practice of media literacy is based on including: media constructs our culture, media messages affect our thoughts, attitudes, and actions, media uses "the language of persuasion, media constructs fantasy worlds, no one tells the whole story, media messages contain "texts" and "subtexts", media messages reflect values and viewpoints of media makers, individuals construct their own meanings from media, media messages can be decoded, and media literate youth and adults are active consumers of media ("Introduction to Media Literacy"). One important way to learn and evaluate media literacy is to "deconstruct" messages that creators develop in our digital world. Deconstructing means breaking down or "taking apart" messages that the creator is trying to send to its audiences ("Introduction to Media Literacy"). Some important subjects that are key to look for when deconstructing a media message include: who is the source?, who is the audience?, what does the text say or read?, what are the subtexts that the audience is interpreting while looking or hearing the message?, are there any persuasive qualities to the message?, and whose point of view is in the message? ("Introduction to Media Literacy"). Knowing the basic literary concepts and learning how to deconstruct a media message are two important lessons when learning to be media literate.

**More In-Depth Introduction Displayed In The PowerPoint Attached Above.

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