Category Archives: Media Literacy

Fake Quotes: A lesson in how easily we can be duped

We all see the news: trolls are posting fake stories. We all think, “That’s terrible!” We worry that our students will be duped. Why do these falsehoods spread? Why do fake posts work? The answer to that can be found … Continue reading

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Listening skills: Way More Than “What’s the main idea?”

I sometimes get emails from an organization about improving student listening skills. They point out that speaking and listening are not being addressed in schools and claim that listening is a key piece of the “literacy puzzle.” Kudos to educators who … Continue reading

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The Real Problem with Fake News

At every press event, Donald Trump criticizes the media and/or specific people/networks. Initially, he picked on the New York Times and CNN. Now, in the President’s mind, not only are almost all news sources fake, they are enemies of the … Continue reading

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Spotting a Fake Post

Spotting a Fake Post: Teaching About Media Literacy on Social Platforms October 09, 2019 Erik Palmer Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This blog post is part of a series focusing on media literacy. If you have been on social media, … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Prepare Students for the Future

To make students’ futures better, we need to consider what skills they will need—and teach them. If we really want to prepare students for life beyond school, we could begin by asking ourselves what pieces of our own education we are using now as … Continue reading

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Three questions about Media Literacy at your school

How to Teach Listening in the Digital Age: Three Questions to Ask   When I began teaching a couple of decades ago, I read an article about how much television children watched. I was stunned by the numbers and wondered … Continue reading

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Listen to the Rough Draft of the Speech. Yes, LISTEN…

Do you ever ask to hear the rough draft? Yes, you read that correctly. I want to hear my students’ rough drafts. Every day, students are speaking in class. Often, teachers assign some talks with higher stakes than the daily … Continue reading

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Media Literacy & Speaking (from Channel One Blog)

(See the original post here.) After two decades teaching, Erik Palmer has coached countless students through the basic steps of forming a good argument. Drawn to debate in high school, his fascination with spirited discourse propelled him from the debate … Continue reading

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Media Literacy (from Channel One Blog)

(See the original post here.) “I don’t like football, it’s bad. It causes concussions,” he said, his small brow furrowed with conviction. “Okay. Why do you feel that way? Help me and the class understand.” The boy’s teacher, Erik Palmer, … Continue reading

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