Messages & Meanings

Lesson plans for analyzing news media, developed by Renee Hobbs in coordination with the Newspaper Association of America

Developed in collaboration with the Newspaper Association of America, Messages & Meanings is a collection of curriculum activities for analyzing print and electronic media. This resource includes instructional activities for strengthening access, analysis, evaluation and communication skills, as well as evaluating new technologies like internet web pages.

Cross-media comparison activities help students identify characteristics of print and non-print news media
"Communicating through fonts" explores the role of visual design and graphics as they affect a reader's emotional response to a text
 Activities help students reflect on how media messages provide a picture of society that can shape our attitudes and behaviors