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Media Literacy Toolkit

Media Literacy Toolkit

The Republic is (Still) at Risk – and Civics is Part of the Solution highlights the importance of news media literacy education as a complementary stream to the proven practices of civic education embedded in the Illinois middle and high school course requirements. The proven practices of current and controversial issue discussions, simulations of democratic processes, and service learning are contingent on a student’s ability to consume and produce information to address essential questions facing our constitutional republic.

This toolkit provides classrooms with tools to help students wisely consume and produce information.

Media literacy is the ability to Access, Analyze, Evaluate, Create, and Act using all forms of communication. In its simplest terms, media literacy builds upon the foundation of traditional literacy and offers new forms of reading and writing. Media literacy empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators and active citizens.
National Association of Media Literacy Education
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Media is an important part of the ecosystem that influences (both positively and negatively) whether and how young people participate in civic life. News in print, podcasts, on television, in social media, and cultural work shared online inform youth about the world and shape their understanding of how they can contribute to it — or whether they try.
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
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