Library of Congress and Media Literacy Workshop, November 8, 2012
Media Literacy :
The ability to access, analyze, evaluate and produce communication in a
variety of forms. The decoding and analyzing
of documents, including all types of media and primary resource documents.
integration of critical thinking, literacy skills, and the decoding of media are intertwined and give educators and students alike the ability to form habits of inquiry. When we present multiple media with various points of view, and question students about perspective, context, evidence, and purpose, we are providing them with a way to better synthesize information for greater comprehension and recall. We are also asking them to support assumptions and bias with evidence, both from visual and text based media.
Project LookSharp (Ithaca College) provides teachers with unit and lesson materials that involve the decoding of various media as integrated into core curriculum subjects. Please visit the Project LookSharp website for downloadable curriculum kits and other materials. In addition, the Library of Congress Teacher Resources "offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching."