Teaching Media Literacy

In this session, we will review the new legislation from the State of Illinois regarding Media Literacy Instruction in High Schools, mandated beginning in the fall of the 2022-23 school year. Using the state's definition of media literacy skills as a foundation, we will review skills, tools and practices that will allow students to achieve media literacy learning goals and allow teachers to incorporate media literacy into existing instruction in order not to disrupt currently utilized curricula. Participants will be given time and guidance to adapt existing lessons and units, and are encouraged to bring current curricular materials and lesson plans to the session. Finally, we will discuss the work going on in other states and within Illinois organizations to develop media literacy instructional materials and identify ways they can be used.