2018 Resources

Below are some additional resources for you. Please email us any additional resource links you think we should add.

Adam Ruins Everything – Episodes + Discussion Guide
Up to 500 secondary and post-secondary educators will receive free access to five episodes of truTV’s original online series Adam Ruins Everything and an accompanying discussion guide to engage students in the process of critically questioning everyday information they accept or assume as fact. Adam Ruins Everything features comic Adam Conover who uses a combination of comedy, history and science to debunk misconceptions about a variety of topics and ideas. Educators interested in receiving access to the episodes and the free discussion guide can submit a request here. This is an exclusive offer for Media Literacy Week 2018 (Nov 5 – 9).

Media Literacy Infographic
Media Literacy Week Resource Committee member Benjamin Thurn created this handy Media Literacy Infographic for Media Literacy Week 2018 which can be downloaded or shared for free!

PBS Series Episodes + Discussion Guides
In the Mix, the Emmy Award winning PBS series for middle school through college, has several half hour programs that address Media Literacy. Free companion Discussion Guides with activities can be downloaded from their Facebook page here. These can be used to easily create a media literacy event or class presentation. You can follow the In the Mix page to get updates on future offers and free lesson plans.
As a Media Literacy Week partner, In the Mix is offering DVDs of these programs for half off ($35 each instead of $70), with $8 shipping and handling per order, through November 30. Performance rights and Discussion Guides are included. Please email all orders to Executive Producer, Sue Castle at and use code MEDIALITWEEK18.
For a list of all episodes included in this offer, click HERE.

Book: Teaching Media Literacy by Behlina De Abreu
In Teaching Media Literacy, De Abreu draws on advice from a diverse array of practitioners and subject experts with her own research findings to examine how consuming media and technology impacts the learning of K-12 students, tackling such paramount issues as:

  • Fake news/alternative facts;
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital literacy and digital citizenship;
  • Social inclusion and equity;
  • Global interconnectivity; and
  • Social justice and advocacy.
Inside, readers will find a wealth of ready-to-use lesson plans and activities designed to help promote critical thinking skills for K-12 students, making this a perfect teaching resource for school and public librarians, educators, and literacy instructors. Each group of lesson plans is prefaced by discussion of the concept at hand along with guidance on how to best use the lesson plans, which can be freely adapted to any setting. To request your free instructor’s copy from the American Library Association, click HERE and use code TMLF19.

22×20 Youth Media-Making Toolkit
The Youth Media-Making Toolkit is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive package that fully connects media-making with work with our Democracy, elections and voting. The Toolkit promotes youth voice, voting, and democratic participation through media creation. Lessons guide teens to plan, make, and share diverse media about voting and civic engagement: short videos, photos, Internet memes, animated GIFs, and persuasive images for social media.

Am I Doing Media Literacy in My Class
Is media literacy education happening in your classroom? It might be helpful and you just don’t know it! Click here to find out what the six core principles of ML are, as well as helpful ideas for implementing ML inquiry and production based activities in your classroom.

Implementing Media Literacy in Your Classroom
This guide is for teachers of all levels and all classrooms to incorporate media literacy into their instruction. There are many educators who are interested in teaching media literacy, but may not know where to find assistance. This is where NAMLE and this guidebook come in!

Why Media Literacy Week Matters by Frank W. Baker
Includes a comprehensive guide for understanding the core concepts of ML, as well as practical ways to implement ML in any K-12 classroom with engaging lesson plan ideas.

NAMLE Organizational Partners
A list of NAMLE partners as well as links to each partner website which include rich stories, project ideas and other ML initiatives.

Center for Media Literacy 25Lessons
A wonderful guide for teachers, this resource will help you go from theory to practice in implementing media literacy instruction in your classroom.

Canadian Media Literacy Week
Canadian Media Literacy Week is an annual event that takes place every November. Co-led by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), the week puts a spotlight on the importance of digital and media literacy as key components in the education of children and young people. The page features lots of great information on events, resources and other important ML information.

Media Literacy Clearinghouse
MLC’s mission is to assist K-12 educators in learning about, and teaching, media literacy. Helpful ideas on integrating medial literacy in any classroom as well as lots of great resources.

Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy
The Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) is a groundbreaking effort to promote international cooperation to ensure that all citizens have access to media and information competencies. This website features news, themes, events, publications and communication documents that the GAPMIL uses in its mission.

By Any Media Necessary: Mapping Youth and Participatory Politics
Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project is comprised of a group of multidisciplinary scholars based at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Find a broad range of MAPP’s multimedia resources here!

25 Question Game: Media Literacy Week Edition
The University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse has partnered with NAMLE to create this fun and interactive game for high school students to use during Media Literacy Week and beyond. Educators can download and print the game cards and instructions to facilitate discussions among students about media literacy and civil discourse, choosing from pre-written questions or by creating their own questions using the blank templates.

To share your ideas and add resources, please email medialiteracyweek@namle.net.

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