Literacy for the 21st Century: An Overview & Orientation Guide to Media Literacy Education

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CML's plain language introduction to the basic elements of inquiry-based media education.

Now expanded
to include the Questions/TIPS (Q/TIPS) for both construction/production and deconstruction!

How does media literacy relate to the construction of media? How can critical thinking be taught and learned while students are producing media?

It's not enough to know how to press buttons on technological equipment: thinking is even more important. Find out how to connect thinking with production in CML's newly published 2nd Edition of Literacy for the 21st Century!

In a short and readable format, it:

    • 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, graduate 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.

Literacy for the 21st Century is Part I of CML's educational framework, the CML MediaLit Kit which identifies and describes the theory, practice and implementation of media literacy in preK-12 education.


While only exploring CML's framework for deconstruction or critical analysis of media, Edition 1 is still "basic training" for critical thinking about media. It is written from the point of view of media consumers, and offers CML's Five Key Questions for deconstructing media.