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


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