All content related to advertising Page 1 of 10

Shaping Youth

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 8, 2014 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Education, Health, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources, Websites

The Shaping Youth blog focuses on the influence of media and marketing on kids. With categories like “Body Image,” “Damaging Drek,” “Misogyny & Racism” and “Vapid Values,” Shaping Youth’s founder, Amy Jussel, keeps on top… More

Book cover: Redefining GirlyBook cover: Redefining Girly

For Your Must-Read List: ‘Redefining Girly’

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 7, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Based on her own experiences with her children, Melissa Atkins Wardy’s book “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween” (Chicago Review Press, 2014) delivers vital, realistic,… More

smiling girls holding shopping bagssmiling girls holding shopping bags

Clothes, Class and Consequences: Humane Education in Language Arts

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We start receiving messages about consumerism, class and appearance early on, but rarely do we offer young people an opportunity to examine how some of those cultural messages influence our self-image and choices. Look at… More

Book cover: Redefining GirlyBook cover: Redefining Girly

Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

by Melissa Atkins Wardy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 10, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Consumerism, Health, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources

Based on her own experiences with her children, Melissa Atkins Wardy’s book delivers vital, realistic, actionable tips and ideas for helping parents navigate the challenges of raising a healthy, confident girl in today’s stereotyped and… More

Cheerios commercial reaction by kids screenshotCheerios commercial reaction by kids screenshot

Kids Show How We All Should React to “Controversial” Cereal Commercial … and to Racism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

The hatred and criticism arising from the airing of Coca-Cola’s “America the Beautiful” commercial during the Super Bowl and Olympic Games opening ceremony exemplifies just how much fear, xenophobia and racism still thrive in the… More

What is Powerful?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 18, 2013 | Filed under Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

This icebreaker activity helps students explore power and understand the systems in play that create and perpetuate privilege and oppression. Recommended for grades 5-8. Time: several days of a 45-minute class More

I’ve Been Branded!

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 12, 2013 | Filed under Consumerism, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

This icebreaker activity helps students gain a sense of how surrounded they may be by brands and products by using Wordle. Recommended for grades 6-12. Time: 45 minutes More

catalog page with boys playing instrumentscatalog page with boys playing instruments

Humane Education Activities: Who’s Missing From Mainstream Media?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 4, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

A couple years ago at our graduate student residency, one of the students led an activity looking for the prevalence of men, women, and people of color as authors of articles in different sections of… More

In Your Face: Reclaiming Billboards

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 30, 2013 | Filed under Arts, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Billboards are omnipresent in most communities and on many roadways. These in-our-face ads can have a powerful influence on us. Students explore issues surrounding billboards and the values billboard ads promote and  design new billboards… More

Where Are the People Like Me?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 29, 2013 | Filed under Consumerism, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Students assess examples of  media (catalogs, magazines, books, etc.) to consider who is (and isn’t represented) and to explore the impact of lack of diversity in media and their own rich experiences with diversity. Recommended… More