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.
Elements of Language
Elements of Language (Holt, Rinehart and Winston) is the first English language arts textbook to fully incorporate media literacy throughout the series for students in grades 6 -12.
As one of the program authors, Renee Hobbs developed the theoretical framework for the "viewing and representing" strand; guided the development of the scope and sequence; served as the authority on terminology, definitions and pedagogy; and directed the planning for the video series.
A Sample of Classroom Learning Activities From the Second Course (8th grade):
- Focus on Speaking and Listening: Telling a True Story, Producing a Scene from a Book, Holding a Panel Discussion
- Focus on Viewing and Representing: Creating Graphics, Analyzing Graphics, Creating a Slide Show Comparing a Book to a Movie, Designing a Web Site, Analyzing a Caricature, Comparing Local and National Advertising, Writing a Promotional Brochure