SPOTLIGHT! On Using Captioned Media to Improve Literacy
Described and Captioned Media Program’s (DCMP) Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is the first national reading event to put emphasis on the importance of captioned media as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Thousands of students have participated in this event since its inauguration in 2006. Teachers can order a freeRCAA kit, learn more about how captioning improves literacy, and find great ideas from teachers and parents on the RCAA website.
Educators can also use these captioned media resources from DCMP to celebrate Black History Month (February) and Presidents Day (February 18)—and throughout the year.
Over the years, many great men and women have contributed to African American history, such as Dr. Andrew Foster (the first African American to graduate from Gallaudet University, who also established schools for the deaf in Africa), Sheryl Emery (the founder of National Black Deaf Association), and Haben Girma (the first deaf-blind individual to graduate from Harvard Law School). Their achievements have positively impacted African Americans in the United States.
Co-produced by DCMP and NBC News, this comprehensive series for grades 3–8 covers 43 American presidents—from George Washington to George W. Bush. Period graphics and artwork, exclusive NBC News footage, and illuminating narration help to create a vivid portrait of each president.
In this ReadWriteThink lesson, students read or view a literary text, and then identify and discuss examples of propaganda techniques in the text. Students then explore the use of propaganda in popular culture by looking at examples in the media.
PBS affiliate WETA has made available a list of propaganda techniques that make false connections (such as the techniques of “transfer” and “testimonial”), or constitute special appeals (such as “bandwagon” and “fear”), or are types of logical fallacy (for example, “unwarranted extrapolation”).
The Mind Over Media web platform gives students aged 13 and up an opportunity to explore the subject of contemporary propaganda by hosting thousands of examples of 21st-century propaganda from around the world.