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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: The Critical Media Project

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

It’s no secret that young people in the U.S. spend an inordinate amount of time engaging with various kinds of digital media. The average is about eight hours a day — every day. That much… More

The Critical Media Project

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 30, 2014 | Filed under Consumerism, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

The Critical Media Project is a resource to help educators help their students think critically and meaningfully about media and to hone their critical media literacy skills. The website offers class activities, media examples with… More

Análisis de Anúncios

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 15, 2014 | Filed under College/Adult, Communication, Consumerism, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

Estudiantes tienen que explorar como se afectan los anuncios a sus vidas y analizar lo que tratan vender o lo que tratan esconder. Recomendado para grados 5 y mayor Duración: 45-60 minutos Averigüe más sobre… More

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9 Videos for Exploring Gender Stereotypes and Gender Roles

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 30, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Messages about what it means to be masculine or feminine, a man or a woman, a boy or a girl saturate our culture, from media and marketing, to the people we’re around growing up, to… More

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Marketers Using Sneakier Strategies to Reach Kids

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 26, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As the commotion of digital information escalates, marketers have resorted to extraordinary strategies to capture our attention, especially that of our kids, who have many decades of potential consumption ahead of them. Brazil recently joined… More

Media, Media Literacy and Marketing Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 30, 2014 | Filed under Communication, Education, Global Issues Guides, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources

Find suggested books, websites, articles, videos, lesson plans, activities and other resources on media, medial literacy and marketing issues to help you learn and/or teach about this topic. More

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Looking Beyond Gender Stereotypes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Not too long ago, a couple of essays appeared in Slate and New York Magazine castigating mothers of girls for complaining about the “pinkification” of girl stuff, citing it as an example of girl blaming…. More

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

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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

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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