A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection, not an invitation to hypnosis.
A. Know TV Learning Goals
By using this curriculum, learners and teachers will gain the following knowledge and skills:
(A) Greater awareness and knowledge of documentary and non-fiction television programming, with focus on the form and structure of the work; awareness of a producer's purposes, mission and goals; the economics of message production and distribution; appreciation of the historical and socio-cultural context in which documentary programming exists at the intersection of art, education and advocacy.
(B) Understanding of certain key concepts of media literacy, including awareness of the constructedness of media forms; the role of representations in shaping our world views; the economic and political contexts in which messages are produced and have influence among individuals; the ways in which different viewers make unique interpretations of a message, depending on their experience, knowledge and backgrounds; appreciation of the strength and weaknesses of television as a communication form.
(C) Specific strategies and skills for integrating media literacy concepts and skills when using a documentary film or television program in the classroom, with special focus on children's developmental needs and the process of designing speaking, listening, reading and writing activities to strengthen student analysis and communication skills.
(D) Specific strategies and techniques for helping students build connections between their learning in the classroom and their in-home media use.