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Helping Students Deal with Images and News from Japan

Helping Students Deal with Images and News from Japan
by Frank W. Baker copyright 2011 (Media Literacy Clearinghouse)

We are all overwhelmed by what we see in the news. For many of our students, taking the time to help them better understand those images and where they originate is another step toward visual and media literacy.

Images can be frightening and unsettling—on that we can all agree. For your students here are some questions that might help get a discussion started and ease some of their concerns.

1. What did you hear, see, or read about the disasters?
2. Did you understand what you heard, read or saw?
3. Are news people using words/phrases you might not understand?
4. Do you know the source of the news, image or other information?
5. What sources do you currently use to determine what is happening in Japan?
6. How reliable are your sources?
7. Are there other reliable sources? For example, are all of your sources US based; or are you reading sources from Asia, Europe, etc.?
8. How might international sources differ in style and tone from the US?
9. Why might it be important to “turn off” the news?

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