The TMS Scope & Sequence template is intended to support K-12 schools exploring innovative approaches to integrating digital media tools and concepts into pedagogy and content through customized interdisciplinary curricula.
About this Resource
The outlined “digital skills” and “media literacy concepts” within are aligned with national educational technology standards and compliment Common Core standards, but ultimately are meant to nurture essential competencies of “media literacy” among students.
Media literacy provides a framework to ACCESS, ANALYZE & EVALUATE and CREATE messages in a variety of forms — from traditional or digital texts to online interactive media. Media literacy education builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of INQUIRY, REFLECTION, and SELF-EXPRESSION necessary for citizens to participate in 21st-century culture, society, and the workplace. The trajectory of foundational media literacy skills and concepts grade by grade is intended to develop students who are capable, nimble, and thoughtful producers/authors, and consumers/readers of media messages in any form.
The custom Units of Study built grade by grade within are meant to remain flexible in how they establish foundational media literacy benchmarks while open to and encouraging the blending of these goals with interdisciplinary student projects (e.g. STE(A)M).
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Suggestions for Customizing this Template
- Start with a flexible Scope & Sequence of Units based on production strands that build more sophisticated skills and media literacy concepts year to year
- UNIT & LESSON PLANS AND PACING CALENDARS should be developed based on the outlines included in this S&S
- Work with grade level teachers to make curriculum connections that align productions with classroom content, research, reading, writing or projects where mutually beneficial
Encourage teachers to work with digital skills and media literacy concepts aligned with students’ progression mapped on this S&S
Build your school-wide understanding of how this S&S can continue to be integrated across grade levels and disciplines