Media Literacy Mini Project


We’ve learned many things this term. Among them is Media Literacy.  This means being able to read media effectively and critically.  Here are some of the activities we’ve done so far.

Jody and Tami put out all kinds of newspapers and magazines and we explored them and reported what we had noticed. We noticed things like colours, pictures, ads, articles, opinions, captions, life hacks, reviews and much more.  Then we looked for themes and different forms.  We coded our observations into categories.  We decided upon: money matters, food and dining, shortcuts, apparel, family, reviews, technology, print, events, real world problems, home, transportation, entertainment, job opportunities and health.

We looked for articles and ads.  We each chose one ad or article and thought about who wrote it, who it was written for (author and audience).  We shared those and thought about who was affected by them.

We did a brainstorm about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  We looked at Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.  When we discussed that, we saw that the Charter could cover more things but that it did a good job protecting most things.


Freedom of Speech includes speaking, thinking, agreeing, disagreeing, opinions, clothing, beliefs, art, language, feelings, but not hate speech or violence.

Freedom of the Press and other media of communication includes the right for people to share information that they discovered including newspapers, TV, online, internet news, social media, radio and community meetings.

Last week we did a drawing about Freedom of Speech that would tell the viewer what we meant without any writing, only a few words.  This was about the importance of Free Speech in a Democracy.

A democracy is typically where there is a leader but the leader can’t decide everything.  If the leader says something the people have to agree on it. They show that they agree or don’t agree by voting.  We elect people to make speeches and to debate.  In a democracy you also have the right to protest.

Some of the ways we thought Freedom of Speech was important in a democracy were: opposition to government decisions, our court system, protesting in front of City Hall, public debates or discussions, using your own language even if it’s not English or French.


We discussed and wrote a reflection on the impact of smart phone use on brains.

We made a T-chart about pros and cons of banning smart phones from school. We used the pros and cons sheet to write persuasively. Writing persuasively means trying to convince your audience of your point of view.  Writing persuasively might include giving reasons for your opinions, using strong words, using good facts, knowing who your audience is and starting with a hook.

Overall, this has been one of the best subjects that we’ve worked on because it’s interesting and we’ve worked a lot on it this term.

by snapshot10101, Day Dreamer, Flying Pinguin, chiefblobfish,  Pug_Life, Lizard Man, Awesomeness, hockey101, yourbrozeke, sleepingsquirrel64, Snort.

One comment

  1. CAT

    I was so impressed to read your work on The Charter of Rights & Freedoms!
    The idea that I think is fabulous & revolutionary is the thought that “The Right to Be Helped” should be included in the Charter. If only we, as a society, could execute this vision – what a different world it would be!

    My Dad read it & wrote:
    This is great, and could be pursued by allowing community leaders in to talk to ‘class reps’ in front of the whole group who went through this program.
    Good stuff.

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