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Project Look Sharp


Found in: health & phys ed, social studies, science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Project Look Sharp provides lesson plans and media materials that integrate media literacy and critical thinking for grades K-12 in U.S. history, global studies, science & environment, health, psychology & aging studies, and general media literacy. Curriculum kits can be browsed as a whole or filtered by kit content, grade level, or media type. Kits contain teacher guides, student handouts, overviews, and assessments and can be downloaded as a whole or in part. Downloading requires free registration. All lessons are aligned with Common Core Standards in English and Language Arts.

Using Causes of the American Revolution, 4th grade U.S. history students examine reasons the colonies chose to declare independence and consider documents from different points of view. The kit has 10 lessons, introductory materials, slideshows, audio, and video.

With Real Bugs (Commercial Decoding Activity),  students in grades 3-5 analyze a TV ad (0:34) for gender stereotypes and what popular media depicts as being “cool.”

With Lemmings (Documentary Film Clip Decoding Activity), students in grades 6-12 examine the urban legend of lemming suicide and assess the credibility of a video clip (2:04) from an Academy award-winning 1958 Disney nature film.

The kit Media Construction of the Middle East has 4 units with a total of 22 lessons that examine the stereotyping of Arab people, the Arab/Israeli conflict, the war in Iraq, and militant Muslim movements for students in grades 9-12.

NOTE: Presidential Campaigns lessons have been updated for 2016.

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