Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2003

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Luetta Monson

Second Committee Member

Andrea Bowman

Third Committee Member

Don B. Woodcock


The purpose of this project was to develop a media literacy curriculum for teachers of young adolescents. Media literacy is a new, evolving field of study that teaches students to become critical consumers of today's media. Media have often been blamed for the ills of student learning, critical thinking, performance and/or behavior skills. In the review ofliterature, the author investigated media's impact on the adolescent learner, the need to teach media literacy, and recommended curriculum that would benefit the adolescent learner. The curriculum unit is designed to be a useful teaching tool for teachers of adolescent and preadolescent learners who have an interest in aiding these learners to understand the impact of media. It is equipped with definitions and research-based facts in how media shapes the lives of these learners. The curriculum will provide the teacher a media source for middle and intermediate school learners.