Over the past couple years, students have been inundated with a near-steady stream of information and headlines about politics, racial and social unrest, the pandemic, and more. Helping students form discerning media literacy skills is even more essential.
Students must understand how to recognize reputable information and how to identify credible, high-quality journalism. Bias is everywhere, and it’s necessary for young people today to identify it and call it out.
Identifying bias and forming strong media literacy and evaluation skills starts in the classroom. Teachers need resources to illustrate the importance of these skills, and it’s never too early to expose students to news outlets and point out the difference between high-quality and suspect news.
Here are 5 resources to help students evaluate information and build strong media literacy skills:
1. CNN 10 offers video segments in 10-minute chunks, which teachers can use to introduce or augment a lesson. The AT&T’s Youth Voices Collective offers videos on objectivity in journalism, checking sources, on-camera delivery, and effective newswriting.