Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Teaching Media Literacy

De Abreu, Belinha S. Teaching Media Literacy: A How-to-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2007. ISBN 1-55570-596-0

Can you list the 5 core concepts and questions for media literacy? Have you heard of the TAP model? Have you ever combined media literacy skills with a history or science lesson? If you answered no to any of these questions, consider reading this valuable resource. -- Jen

Booklist Review:
Media literacy is gaining attention as information literacy is being parsed into various components. The term is actually short for mass media, as opposed to multimedia or mixed media, and focuses on discerning the message and agenda of producers. The ultimate intent is to help beginners become savvy consumers as well as learning how to create media messages. To this end, De Abreu explains (mass) media literacy, discusses its significance in the lives of youth, and describes the current status of media literacy education. The majority of the book includes basic lesson development and seven sample topical lessons on television, music and radio, advertising, media production, and more. Each lesson includes a brief overview and several mini lessons. Following the lessons is a section providing a glossary and lists of resources. The accompanying CD-ROM repeats the lessons, handouts, and glossary. This is a practical “package deal” that will help beginning librarians and educators. --Lesley Farmer