K-12 Curriculum Development TMS Custom Resources

Media Literacy Scope & Sequence Template

Use our media literacy scope and sequence planner to vertically integrate the use of technology and media to serve and enhance your school vision, and build towards a target profile of competencies for your students.


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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THE MEDIA SPOT K-8 Media Literacy Scope & Sequence [TEMPLATE](Google Doc)

Suggestions for Customizing this Template

Build with the flexibility to stand-alone as a specialty class, or be integrated school-wide within traditional classrooms
  1. Start with a flexible Scope & Sequence of Units based on production strands that build more sophisticated skills and media literacy concepts year to year
  2. UNIT & LESSON PLANS AND PACING CALENDARS should be developed based on the outlines included in this S&S
  3. Work with grade level teachers to make curriculum connections that  align productions with classroom content, research, reading, writing or projects where mutually beneficial
  4. Encourage teachers to work with digital skills and media literacy concepts aligned with students’ progression mapped on this S&S
  5. Build your school-wide understanding of how this S&S can continue to be integrated across grade levels and disciplines

By The Media Spot

The Media Spot collaborates with educators to integrate media literacy education into a variety of learning environments.