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So Long, Joneses! I’m Buying Nothing New Next Year

Written by Lexie Greer | 1 Comment | Published on December 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Lexie Greer I don’t know who the Joneses are, but I’m breaking up with them. I am tired of trying to keep up, of being made to feel inadequate, of being told that… More

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Explore Lack of Media Diversity With the Activity “Where Are the People Like Me?”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Mattel’s Moschino Barbie  is getting all sorts of attention — and not just because of the $150 price or the fact that the limited-edition dolls sold out within the first hour. The main focus is… More

Media Literacy Clearinghouse

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 28, 2015 | Filed under Communication, Education, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Created and maintained by educator Frank W. Baker, the Media Literacy Clearinghouse offers lesson plans, resources, and more to help educators teach K-12 students media literacy skills and help them think critically about media issues. More

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WebSpotlight: Animals and Media Style Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 29, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

The ways in which we talk about and portray nonhuman animals greatly influences how we think about animals and our relationships with them. Using she, he or it. Saying owner vs. guardian. Referring to them… More

Animals and Media: A Style Guide for Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 31, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Communication, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

This website offers “style guidelines for media practitioners in the professions of journalism, entertainment media, advertising, and public relations to offer concrete guidance for how to cover and represent nonhuman animals in a fair, honest,… More

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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