Creating & Evaluating Texts

An inquiry into LA Reading (1.8) and LA Media Literacy (1.3)

Introduction / Agenda

Today's staff meeting today will consist of four parts:


  1. Minds On: View two sample media texts and reflect with a partner about the message of each video and how effective is the medium chosen for those messages
  2. Brainstorming: media types on Padlet: https://padlet.com/soni_gill/media
  3. Creation / Collaboration: With a partner, pick one message - create a plan/mock up; share your ideas and creations
  4. Reflection / Consolidation: reflect on the creation process and develop criteria for
  • choosing an appropriate medium for your message and/or
  • for choosing an appropriate message for the medium

Resources

Ontario Language Arts curriculum:


  • Reading - Responding to and evaluating texts - 1.8
  • Media Literacy - Responding to and evaluating texts - 1.3


Poster below - "Developing 21st-Century Critical Thinkers"

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1. Minds On

Take a look at these videos. The first was created by Dove in October 2007. The second was created by Greenpeace in April 2008.



  • How clear is the message in each video and how effective is the medium chosen to communicate these messages?
Beauty Pressure
Dove Onslaught(er)

2. Brainstorming

Using this Padlet link - https://padlet.com/soni_gill/media - work with your partner to add as many media forms examples as you can think of. Be careful not to repeat what others have added to the common wall.


After a few minutes, the whole group will take some time to sort the media text forms.

3. Creation / Collaboration Task

With a partner, pick one of the messages listed below. There are three choices. Your task is to create a plan and/or mock-up design for how you are going to communicate your message to the indicated audience. That is, you need to choose the best medium to communicate your message to the intended audience. Be prepared to share why you chose the medium you did.


Message: "Water is crucial to life on Earth."

Audience: Every person in Canada


Message: "Think before you post!"

Audience: Every student in a K-8 public school


Message: "Elect _________ for Mayer!"

Audience: Every person in a town or city

4. Reflection / Consolidation

Reflect with your partner on the selection process from #3 and develop criteria for
  • choosing an appropriate medium for your message
and/or
  • for choosing an appropriate message for the medium


Add your criteria to this Padlet: http://padlet.com/soni_gill/criteria


For example, criteria could be something like:

  • Does the medium used match the audeince? (i.e., do you understand your audience and how they get their information?)