"A good teacher knows that the best way to help students learn is to allow them to find the truth by themselves." Noam Chomsky (Chomsky on MisEducation, 2000, p. 21) 

Media Literacy & Online News Sources

Center for Media Literacy 
“Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture.”  Look at Best Practices for links to Educator Resources.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center-CCBC (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 
The CCBC site features resources such as titles of “multicultural books every teen should know,” challenged books, discussions of intellectual freedom, and trends in books.  This is a valuable resource for teachers, students, and parents.  

A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Fact Check describes itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.”

The educational arm of Fact Check, FactCheckED also provides analysis of the accuracy of political speeches and the orientations of news outlets and Lesson Plans to promote media and political literacy.

Learn how to use media critically!  Peruse headlines from a variety of news sources online such as those listed below.  Compare lead story selection, headline word choices, and story content.  Compare Fox News with Al Jazeera, for example, or Time for Kids with Indy Kids.  Ask yourself questions about each site’s objectivity and perspective. 

This page is a doorway to newspapers and online sources of the United States and the world!  Newspapers from every state are linked, as are major papers from many countries.  Compare a small-town paper to a big-city paper.  What are the issues of importance?  What are similarities and differences between papers from different countries?

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