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Hello, and welcome to EMS3O, Media Studies. This semester promises to be exciting as we begin our journey into the realm of Media Literacy.
 

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable you to understand media communication in the twenty-first century and to use media effectively and responsibly. Through analyzing the forms and messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media works, you will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgment, and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. As such, you can expect to have homework regularly, most often by analyzing media products (i.e. commercials, TV shows, news articles, music videos, etc.).  Regular attendance is essential for this course as I teach media with media – it is not uncommon for us to view and discuss numerous topics per period – these lessons are essential to the your growth and understanding.

 

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Course Summary

 

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable students to understand media communication in the twenty-first century and to use media effectively and responsibly. Through analyzing the forms and messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media works, students will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgement, and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 
Core Content and Sequence

 

The centrality of media in our lives prompts the need to study the media in a critical and coherent way. Virtually all we know about the world beyond our immediate experience comes to us through the media. If what the media delivered simply reflected reality there would be little problem but the media we are in contact with contains messages about values and beliefs shaped by economic factors. Media literacy enables teachers and students to challenge the great inequalities in knowledge and power that exist between those who manufacture information in their own interests and those who consume it innocently as news and entertainment.
 
Let's have a great semester!
Mr. Puley
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IMPORTANT DUE DATES & REMINDERS
  • Daily Calendar
  • Journal Assessment #1 - Feb. 11th, 2009 (COMPLETE)
  • Britney Spears Blog- Feb. 20th, 2009 (COMPLETE)
  • Copyright Blog Discussion - March 6th, 2009 (COMPLETE)
  • Personal Copyright Blog Topic - March 9th, 2009 (COMPLETE)
  • Unit One Test - March 12th, 2009 (COMPLETE)
  • TV Diversity Viewing Sheets - March 23rd, 2009 (COMPLETE)
  • TV Diversity Presentations - April 2nd, 3rd, and 6th (COMPLETE)
  • Unit Two Test - April 24-26th (take-home), 27th (in-class), 2009 (COMPLETE)

UPCOMING CONTESTS

UPCOMING FIELD TRIP OPPORTUNITIES
  • The National Film Board and MuchMusic / MTV - May 14th, 2009