I developed this course in 2009.  I enjoyed tweaking it during a four year pilot with over 180 students from grades 9-12 of diverse interests and abilities.   This format can be modified and used for any age group and in any content area!     Enjoy imagining the possibilites for your class!

I am a Citizen of the World

A study in Media literacy & production                                
author: Mrs. Mary Ellen Kalil Shevalier

Mission:

  • To prepare students for 21st century world, a world of global communications in need of creative problem-solving to benefit our economical, ecological, & inter/ intrapersonal societal issues.

  • To foster the ability to critically perceive media, analyze, evaluate & produce messages.

  • To initiate a universal educational format in which all abilities and learning styles are honored, diversity among students are valued, and one’s contribution is celebrated.

 

Course Description:

  • Students will learn the fundamentals of their own learning styles and how their brain works.  With a focus on sensory perceptions coupled with life experience; students will identify personal work ethic, academic, and creative strengths to determine their capacity within a team approach to production.

  • Students will be taught team formats, shared decision-making, and team/personal assessment procedures.

  • Students will learn how to analyze existing media products and discern messages.

  • Students will be guided and inspired through the introduction of media examples, discussion, and analysis per unit of study.

  • Students will work within teams to design and create various media products to influence an audience of choice.

 

Process:

Within the team framework; students will be invited to design and propose the following;

  1. 4 media products that target local, state/ national, and international audiences.

  2. All media products must be developed & documented from conception to polished production and compatible for publication/presentation.

  3. All media products must be designed with the intent to create a positive influence on the audience.

 

Coursework formats:    

Teams

Students will work within teams that represent diverse strengths. They will identify their roles for the following types of work. (It is advisable to switch roles and interchange team members.)

  • Meetings: Facilitator, recorder, time keeper, reporter

  • Process: research, reporter, view-finder, technician,

  • Production: Designer, technician, business manager, Director

           

Main decisions per project: Students will discuss each unit and upon consensus, propose the following: Topic, Intent, Text (media choice), Audience.

 

The Following Units are designed to take the student teams from local issues to international issues.  Again, this can be modified to meet the needs of the appropriate developmental levels .

 

Local: Unit 1

 Team will choose a topic that relates directly to school, community or personal issues. 4 Products required. 

Reach consensus on: Topic, Intent, Text (media choice), audience

 

Assessment: self assessment & team members form (see forms & guestbook)

 

Reach consensus & Propose process to Director/s

Includes: Topic, (theme) Intent,(The driving question) Text (media choice), audience,  roles of each team member, research, storyboard, (or workdrawings) time frame.

 Production

 Assessment: Team process checklist

Presentation

Final Essay Assessment 

 

 

state: Unit 2

Team will choose a topic that relates directly to state wide political, economical, ecological, societal or interpersonal issues. 1 Product required. 

Reach consensus on: Topic, Intent, Text (media choice), audience

 

Assessment: self assessment & team members form (see forms & guestbook)

 

Reach consensus & Propose process to Director/s

Includes: Topic, (theme) Intent,(The driving question) Text (media choice), audience,  roles of each team member, research, storyboard, (or workdrawings) time frame.

 Production

 Assessment: Team process checklist

Presentation

Final Essay Assessment 

 

 

 

National:Unit 3

Team will choose a topic that relates directly to  National political, economical, ecological, societal or interpersonal issues. 1 Product required. 

Reach consensus on: Topic, Intent, Text (media choice), audience

Assessment: self assessment & team members form (see forms & guestbook)

 

Reach consensus & Propose process to Director/s

Includes: Topic, (theme) Intent,(The driving question) Text (media choice), audience,  roles of each team member, research, storyboard, (or workdrawings) time frame.

 Production

 Assessment: Team process checklist

Presentation

Final Essay Assessment 

 

 

 

International: Unit 4

Team will choose a topic that relates directly to International political, economical, ecological, societal or interpersonal issues. 1 Product required. 

Reach consensus on: Topic, Intent, Text (media choice), audience

 

Assessment: self assessment & team members form (see forms & guestbook)

 

Reach consensus & Propose process to Director/s

Includes: Topic, (theme) Intent,(The driving question) Text (media choice), audience,  roles of each team member, research, storyboard, (or workdrawings) time frame.

 Production

 Assessment: Team process checklist

Presentation

Final Essay Assessment