Visual Messages: Integrating Imagery Into Instruction / Edition 2

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Help your students become less vulnerable to the influence of media on their attitudes and behavior through media education. After defining visual literacy and tracing the history of the movement associated with it, the authors provide effective strategies, activities, and resources that help students learn the critical-viewing skills and media literacy necessary in our media-oriented world. Various media and types of programs are addressed, including motion pictures, television news, and advertising. Activities are coded by grade level and curriculum area.

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Editorial Reviews

This comprehensive resource is perhaps the definitive tool by which today's educators can explore media/visual literacy with their students as we move into the twentyfirst century, recognizing media education as an integral part of mainstream education and creating an awareness of how the media shapes and defines students' lives. This book provides a solid foundation as it explores the role of newspapers, newsmagazines, television, politics, advertising, and motion pictures in extensive chapters that are subdivided into readable essays. Extremely useful for an introductory course at the graduate or undergraduate level, this text could also serve as a manual for both preservice and practicing classroom teachers as it provides activities and strategies for integrating visual literacy into the classroom. Activities are labeled by grade level and can be used across the curriculum. They can be adapted for individual lessons, longer units of study, or entire courses in media literacy. While each chapter contains an extensive reference section, an annotated bibliography of videotapes, Web sites, periodicals, and media literacyrelated organizations is provided. The objective of this text is stated in the preface: "While attention must rightly be focused on what the media do to us, it is just as essential that consideration be given to what we do with the media." Educators must expand the definition of literacy beyond reading to "include the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information in all its forms." This highlyrecommended resource allows us to do just that. Index. Biblio. 1999, Teachers Ideas Press, Ages Adult, $38 Oversize pb. Reviewer: Mary Ann Capan
Provides educators with ideas, strategies, and activities that can help them teach students to become more critical consumers of the media, including news, advertising, television, and motion pictures. Activities and approaches throughout the book are designated with the appropriate age level for which they are best suited. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563085758
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/1999
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID M. CONSIDINE is Associate Professor and Media Studies Coordinator, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

GAIL E. HALEY, an artist and Author in Residence at the same institution, has received both the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal for her children's books.

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Table of Contents

1 Media Literacy Gains Momentum: From Television to Telling Vision 1
2 Media Literacy: The Purposes, Principles, and Curriculum Connections 21
3 The News Blues: From Information to Infotainment 59
4 Brought to You Buy: America, Advertising, and the Culture of Conspicuous Consumption 119
5 From Living Room to Classroom: Taking Television Seriously 193
6 Movies as Mentors: Teaching with Motion Pictures 267
Media Literacy Resources 339
Index 345
About the Authors 371
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