Literacy for the 21st Century 2nd Edition

With everyone having the capacity to be a media producer these days, it is more important than ever to understand how media literacy relates to the construction and distribution of media. How can critical thinking be taught and learned while students are producing media? How can they learn to be responsible producers as well as wise consumers and active participants in today’s new media world?

In a short and readable format, the 2nd Edition:

  • Provides a complete framework for critical inquiry, using CML’s Five Core Concepts and Five Key Questions for both construction and deconstruction of media, along with handouts
  • Gives explanations and Guiding Questions to illustrate how to connect the Key Questions when consuming or producing or participating with media
  • Provides in-depth explanations and the foundational role of the Five Key Questions of Media Literacy
  • Offers a sample inquiry into visual language: “How to Conduct a Close Analysis of a Media Text.”

Along with its handouts, Literacy for the 21st Century is an invaluable reference for teachers, media librarians, curriculum developers, researchers and anyone who wants to understand what media literacy is all about and/or explain it to others. As a resource for workshops, graduates seminars or faculty in-service programs, it provides an unparalleled overview of the field and a common language and vocabulary for building a media literacy program in a school or district.

It is an essential building block for understanding the theory, practice and implementation of media literacy in preK-12 education.