Media- Think about what you think!

Lesson One: Information Seeking

Today we will start our adventure with me guiding you through the first steps of the world that we live in. The first question we have to ask is how do we sort through the ton of information that currently available? If I were to simply type in a word, lets say "Bosnian Genocide", there are over 360,000 potential hits. Each would have a nugget of knowledge one way or another but do we have time to look at them all. There are other questions that come up such as credibility, perspective and agenda of each article/accumulation of information that is published on the web. If we were to look at each page for lets say 1 minute each, it would take us approximately seven months to get through a simple peek of the information.

Have you found what you are looking for?

I. So what types of filters do we use to help us breakdown, filter and analyze the information that we search for? Grab a partner and discuss this for the next minute or so.

II. We will now start to explore media in a variety of different perspectives to start off. You will be broken up into groups and assigned a classroom. Within each class your group will be watch approximately 30 minutes of film all being different movies. There is a common theme, 9/11, which will tie our conversation together.


1. Break up into 4 separate groups (this will be done by Mr. S).
2. Each group will be assigned a room:

Group #1: "Loose Change" Mrs. Johnson's Room H401
Watch: 0:00-8:10 and 29:50-55:20

Group #2: "Fahrenheit 9/11" Mr. Spivey's Room
Watch 13:30 (Chapter 4)-42:56

Group #3: "Suicide Killer" Mrs.Porters H406
Watch 27:50-58:31
Use Quicktime: MPEGAV

Group #4: "The Man Who Knew" Mrs. Thull G307
Watch Chapter 2, 5, 8 and 9

3. After you get into your assigned room have one person be your "secretary" and log onto Once you have logged in, go ahead and direct your group to the "9/11 Mind Map" at Take a couple of minutes to answer the following and post it on the Mind Meister: "What do you know about 9/11?"

4. Watch videos and take notes on the 9/11 Mind Map in the section entitled "What did you learn from video? What did you find interesting?"

5. After video is done, return to Mr. Spivey's and answer the last question, "What more did you want to know?"

6. You will receive some questions that we will discuss as a class.
Reflection and Discussion Questions

In groups answer the following questions. Conversation is critical for this to work so make sure that everyone is involved. It is important that you share your opinions openly.

What feelings do you about 911?
Who is to blame for the 911 attacks?
Did America have the right to invade Afghanistan and Iraq? Why or why not?
If your family was a victim of the 911 attacks would you feel different about the situation?
How did the twin towers fall?
Why is it important to watch the news?
How do “big” events that happen around the world affect you around the world when you live very far away from the event?

7. After the discussion is done we will analyze the '9/11 Mind Map' and revisit the question "What types of filters do we use help us breakdown, filter and analyze the information that we search for?"

For homework you will have two assignments. First topic is just food for thought for future projects when we get full swing into the class. In theory the video is more about "innovation" than anything else. Will take only 10 minutes and is very insightful. Also below is the media "SAT" vocabulary list created by your media specialist, Mr. Spivey. Make sure that you are familiar with the words so that you can use them in conversation. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A VOCABULARY! Know the words and think about how you can apply them.

Video for TED That is Totally Like Cool and Stuff! FTW!

Media Vocabulary List That is Totally Like Cool and Stuff! OMG!

Conventional Wisdom
Cognitive Dissonance
Mass Media
Conspiracy theory

Peer Pressure
Violence as Humor
violence in media
sex appeal


Hidden Agenda
Media Ownership
Product Placement
Social Norms
Public Service Announcement

*Note: Do not have to define them and turn in. Just need to be able to incorporate these ideas into the next lesson.

Lesson Two: Think Before You Speak, Media Literacy

1. 9-11 Socratic Seminar -Finish up thoughts about 9/11 and media's point of view.

2. MLK Realizing the Truth! - Learning the surprising truth!

3. 5 Core Concepts of Media and (Make your own) Commercial Lesson - How can we be more conscious about the way we judge media?

Lesson Three: Media Training as Advertisers

*Note: This lesson is being put together by Stacy and Mr. Spivey. If you have any concerns talk to Stacy, if you have any complements talk to Mr. Spivey! :)

Advertising as a Form of Influence

Lesson Four: Shifts in media during the 21st century

21st Century Shifts: Pictures in the News

I. Read-- "Digital Forensics: 5 Ways to Spot a Fake Photo" in Scientific American Journal
II. Sign up or sign in to a flickr account.
III. Look for the private group "KIS CWI" and request to join.
VI. Use skills acquired from the article as a class figure out which pictures are "doctored" and which are not.

21st Century Shifts: 21st Century News Reporters; You!

Questions to Think About:
1. How is access and publishing of information changing?
2. How do you see yourself getting involved, if involved at all?
3. Do you think media should be control or filtered by a higher authority (government or experts) or should the average person be taken seriously for their ideas in a "published media" sense? Why?
4. What are the benefits of 21st century media? What are the down falls of of 21st century media?
5. What problems do you see now and in the future about media? What more do you want to explore?

Brian Storming!

Need to come up with ideas on themes that we want to look at first. For example population, terrorism, globalism, shifts in world power, religion in the modern world, piracy etc. Each student will need to write down their top three ideas and write a short justification why we should take time to understand the topic. Remember that the world is yours so make it personal! One aspect I would like us to keep in mind that we must do research for obtaining new knowledge. Therefore for homework:

1. Go to one of the following websites and browse through current articles.
The Economist
Time Magazine
National Review

2. Pick an article to read and take active notes. Notes should include: summary of main idea, questions, your ideas and analysis.
3. Pick another media source and new topic. Repeat taking notes.
4. In total you need two articles with notes.You will present your findings to the class on Thursay February 25, 2010.

Lesson Five: Tips and Tricks for the 21st Century and You!

Who owns media?

This is a short, anti-corporate explanation of how the mainstream media functions in the United States from Updoc Films.

Discussion Questions Revisited

We will spend the next 15 minutes discussing the questions above.

21st Century Media Literacy Captivation Stations!

Mr. Spivey is starting to get sick of hearing his own voice and ideas. So instead we will have you spend the rest of the day exploring topics revolving around 21st century media literacy that you will have 10 minutes next class to teach us. We will use a website developed by Dr. Alec Couros ( to help guide us through our exploration. By the end of our exploration of these topics you will be expected to answer; "What is media literacy in the 21st century? How does it apply to my life?"


1. Pick a partner and a topic--
Digital Safety: (Jason Phil Won jin)
Digital Citizenship: (Eun Soo Suh, Lindsey Lee, Michelle Lim)
Social Networking: (Sarah Lee, Dabin Lee, HeeJeong Lyu)
Research and In The News:
Cyber Bullying: (Lynn, Tiffany, Sun)
Web-Based Misinformation, Satire and/or Hoaxes:
Internet Scams and Money- Making Models:
Privacy, Surveillance, GPS and Related Trends:
Others (Own Idea):

2. Learn what a captivation station assignment looks like:

3. Explore Dr. Couros website as a starting point for starting research:

4. Come up with idea for captivation station and be ready to present next class.

5. Present captivation stations on 2/23. Time of presentations are up to the presenters.
Names in Groups
Da Bin
Social Networking
Cyber Bullying
Digital Citizenship
Digital Safety

Lesson Six: That's a Wrap!

1. Discuss Assessment
As a class we have hopefully learned a lot about media. From the commercials you created I can tell that we have very bright minds in this class. Now we must decide how we will evaluate what has been learned. Today we will discuss opinions on how we will evaluate information.

2. Topic Search Discussions: Slide and Share

3. Picking a Topic: Decision Making Process

Step 1: Read "Increase the Odds of Being Right"

Step 2: Identify Issue: What topic should we pick for next unit?

Step 3: Explore tools used in the "decision making process," using (

Step 4: As a group pick tools we will experiment with in making an informative decision. Below are some suggestions from Mr. Spivey. The following has been directly taken from (

A. Create a constructive environment

Establish the objective - Define what you want to achieve.

Allow opinions to be heard - Encourage participants to contribute to the discussions, debates, and analysis without any fear of rejection from the group. The Stepladder Technique is a useful method for gradually introducing more and more people to the group discussion, and making sure everyone is heard. Also, recognize that the objective is to make the best decision under the circumstances: it's not a game in which people are competing to have their own preferred alternatives adopted.

Make sure you're asking the right question - Ask yourself whether this is really the true issue. The 5 Whys technique is a classic tool that helps you identify the real underlying problem that you face.

Use creativity tools from the start - The basis of creativity is thinking from a different perspective. Do this when you first set out the problem, and then continue it while generating alternatives. Our article Generating New Ideas will help you create new connections in your mind, break old thought patterns, and consider new perspectives.

B. Generate Good Alternatives

Generating Ideas -The Charette Procedure is a systematic process for gathering and developing ideas from very many stakeholders.

C. Choose the Best Alternative

Decision Trees are also useful in choosing between options. These help you lay out the different options open to you, and bring the likelihood of project success or failure into the decision making process.

Step 5: Come up with decision on new topic.