Media Literacy

reading is seeing


ilhdrlogo_newPOV - Acclaimed Point-of-View Documentary Films | PBS_1249258232398

Like Frontline. these two programs can be seen on PBS on Tuesdays, though not every week.  You can watch online or purchase the DVDs. There are great teacher resources and follow-up activities. Independent Lens has an interactive game called World Without Oil.

The wonderful documentary Made In L.A. can be seen on the POV site. click on the images above to go to the sites.


June 19, 2010 Posted by | DOCUMENTARIES, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment


If you teach at an inner city school with racial and poverty issues, this tv series, the precursor to the fabulous series The Wire, shows up close and personal the issues and dilemmas of drugs and poverty that deeply effect all our lives.

Based on the book by David Simon and Edward Burns

June 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment


Japanese far right tries to block film.

There is an interview with Ric O’Barry and a review of the film by David Edelstein here

Visit the film’s website.

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I just watched the documentary  The Corporation wich makes a great companion piece to Food Inc as well as this one by the Yes Men.

The Yes Men are famous for putting out a fake announcement shown on the BBC news, stating that the company Dow Chemical accepted responsibility for the worst industrial accident in Bhopal, India. The announcement added there was a $12B compensation package for all affected people. Before BBC discovered the hoax, Dow stocks took a nose dive losing $12 million in half an hour.

Here is an interview with the Yes Men on Democracy Now

Visit their website and their film site where you can find teacher guides as well.

more about “yes men fix the world“, posted with vodpod

August 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Food Inc. is a highly teachable documentary. This film presents several examples of how our food is compromised by corporate control and monetary greed. There are controversial elements and many supporting facts. The documentary is divided into segments which makes it easy to stop and discuss or to assign for further research. Documentaries present an excellent vehicle for fact checking and learning how to present arguments persuasively. In a text called Good Reasons: Designing and Writing Effective Arguments (Faigley,Selzer) outline “fallacies in arguments” such a bandwagon appeals, false analogies, as well as straw man, oversimplification and slippery slope. These are excellent terminologies for students to learn as well as rhetorical devices such as visual argument and logos, pathos and ethos that support debate and persuasive writing. Learning these terms to weigh in on the accuracy and truth of a documentary would be an excellent and relevant learning activity. The film’s website has excellent support as well.

more about “Food,Inc. trailer“, posted with vodpod

July 30, 2009 Posted by | DOCUMENTARIES, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment



Teaching Guide

May 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment