Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: The Curation, Evaluation, and Creation of Media in the Secondary Classroom

Jessica Brown
11-12 Grade Social Studies Teacher
El Dorado, Arkansas

Students in social studies classrooms are exposed to more forms of media than at any other time in history. As events that impact our teaching happen in real time in our nation and in the world, it is extremely important that educators find a way to not only teach their students how to sift through complicated and sometimes biased media, but also how to evaluate difficult topics in a mature and respectful way. Successful implementation of civil discourse regarding media within your classroom will not only lead to authentic skill acquisition, but also to the creation of powerful media by your students.