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The Internet offers enormous possibilities for teachers who include a discussion of media in their courses. However, without expert guidance it is difficult for instructors to know how to use the Web as a resource for teaching about the media. Here, at last, is the resource that teachers need. For more than 30 years Richard Beach has been instructing teachers in ways to integrate film, television, and other forms of media into their classrooms. He has poured his experience and his wisdom into this book, creating a comprehensive but easy-to-use guide that will be embraced by teachers from middle school to graduate school. This one-stop resource: Contains concrete suggestions for teaching central concepts of media studies and media literacy involved in the critical analysis of film, television, digital media, media representations, audience response, media genres, magazines, advertising, news, documentaries, and film adaptations. Includes "teaching ideas" from teachers about how they use media in the classroom. Shows how students learn about the media as they create their own digital media texts, websites, blogs, wikis, and podcasts. Provides links to thousands of useful, current websites about topics, lessons, webquests, references, and curricula that are readily available to teachers for use in their classroom. Offers support through the book's Website to ensure that readers will always have access to current information.

About the Author:
Richard Beach is Professor of English Education at the University of Minnesota

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807747445
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Series: Language and Literacy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: The Book and the Website     ix
Advantages of Using the Web     ix
Critical Analysis of the Media     x
Using the Book's Website     x
Goals for Media Literacy Instruction     1
Justifying Media/Film Study in the Curriculum     2
A Teaching Idea: Analyzing Media Coverage of Diseases And Epidemics   Mary Ballsrud     5
Summary     8
Website Resources for Teaching Media Literacy     9
Digital Media Tools     11
Adolescents' Uses of New Digital Media     11
Literacies Acquired Through Use of Digital Media     12
Learning to Make Connections     12
Blogs, Vlogs, and Wikis     12
Video Games and Problem-Solving Strategies     14
Creating and Building Social Relationships in Digital Spaces     16
A Teaching Idea: Using a Chat Room to Foster Discussion in the Literature Classroom   Sara Williams     17
Critical Inquiry Learning Through Webquests     18
Further Online Resources for Integrating the Web into Media Studies     20
Summary     20
Film Techniques     21
Visual Literacy: Starting with the Still Image     22
Teaching Film Techniques     23
Exploring Film Technique Through Video Production     25
A Teaching Idea: Creating Short Movies or Commercials   Thomas J. Reinartz     25
Using Animation     26
Making Videos     27
Film History: Putting Techniques in Historical Context     27
Television History     29
Viewing Films in Class     30
A Teaching Idea: Evaluating Film Clips   Jennifer Larson     30
Resources on Film Study     32
Summary     32
Critical Approaches to Media Texts     33
Adopting Different Approaches     33
Applying Critical Perspectives     34
A Teaching Idea: Interrupting Consumer "Feed"   Becca Dalrymple     35
A Teaching Idea: The Opportunity Disaster Provides: From NoN-Fiction to Literary Theory to Poetry   Martha Cosgrove     39
Psychoanalytic Theories: Subjective Desire     40
A Teaching Idea: Defining "World" in a World Literature Class   Elisa Johnson     42
Summary     43
Media Representations     45
Teaching Analysis of Media Representations     46
Representations of Social Groups or Categories      47
A Teaching Idea: Interrogating Gender Stereotypes   Risa Cohen     48
A Teaching Idea: Film Styles and Social Critiques   Tim Klobuchar     50
Additional Web Resources for Media Representations     53
Summary     54
Media Ethnography Studies     55
What Do Media Ethnographers Study?     56
Conducting Media Ethnographies     58
Sites for Media Ethnography Studies     59
Research Methods for Conducting Media Ethnographies     62
Summary     64
Genres     65
Choosing an Approach to Genre Study     66
Applying Different Approaches     67
A Teaching Idea: Engaging Students in Active Viewing and Thinking   Sheila Koenig     67
Different Genre Types     68
Comics and Graphic Novels     75
Popular Music     76
Summary     76
Advertising     77
A Broader Definition of Advertising Instruction     77
Advertising in a Consumer Culture     78
Advertising as the Source of Media Content     78
Socialization of Children as Consumers     79
Semiotic Analysis     79
Techniques of Persuasion     80
A Teaching Idea: Analyzing Persuasion in Ads   Heather Johnson     80
Critical Discourse Analysis     81
Idealized Gender Images     83
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Adolescents     84
The Pharmaceutical Industry     84
Advertising on the Web     85
Marketing in Schools     85
Political Advertising     85
Product Placements and "Advertainments"     86
Creating or Parodying Ads     86
A Teaching Idea: Producing Television Ads   Elizabeth Boeser     86
Summary     87
News and Documentaries     89
News Analysis     90
News Access     91
Corporate Influences     92
A Teaching Idea: Monitoring Racial Bias in the News   Heather Johnson     94
Producing Classroom/School Newspapers     94
Television News     94
A Teaching Idea: Analyzing Television News   Susan Link     95
Radio News     98
Documentaries     98
A Teaching Idea: Analysis of a Documentary, Hoop Dreams   Jennifer Larson     98
Summary     100
Integrating Film and Other Media into the Curriculum     101
Comparing and Contrasting Different Media Forms     102
A Teaching Idea: Classroom Applications for Film Adaptations of Literature   Rachel Malchow Lloyd     102
Teaching Strategies for Interpreting and Constructing Texts     104
A Teaching Idea: Using Analysis of Print Journalism to Explore Literature   Sandra Landis     107
Designing Media Literacy Units     109
Evaluation and Assessment of Learning     110
Exemplary Media Literacy Curricula     110
Summary     111
Film and Television Series References     113
Print References     119
Index     127
About the Author     134
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