• Inspiring young people to engage with media in
    thoughtful & creative ways that support well-being.


Media Literacy Curriculum for Grades 5-6

Screenshots is designed to help tweens become adept at navigating an increasingly online world, enabling them to develop valuable communication skills for in-person and virtual encounters. This module starts with the basics of online safety and progresses through other topics including managing your digital footprint, cyberbullying, how substance abuse is portrayed in media, and recognizing a healthy online community. Group discussion, activities, and reflection form the backbone of this curriculum’s nine lessons across three units. 

Curriculum Highlights

  • Reflects real-world technology and student experience. The curriculum meets increasingly tech-savvy students where they’re at and lessons are framed in the context of digital platforms and online environments they’re familiar with.
  • Designed for maximum flexibility. While the final project creates a vehicle for students to demonstrate what they’ve learned, the lessons can also be taught as stand-alone learning experiences or woven into an existing unit.
  • Optimized for engagement and effectiveness. There are numerous opportunities for students to build social-emotional skills as well as showcase their creativity and have fun. 
  • Includes a video game literacy supplement. This additional learning module is designed to empower young learners to reflect on their own experiences with video games and feel that they are in control of their game use.
  • Can be integrated in a variety of curriculum frameworks. This curriculum aligns with multiple educational standards, including New Hampshire ED 306.42,, ISTE Standards for Students, New Hampshire College and Career Readiness Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner Framework.

What's Included in the Curriculum?

Each unit of this curriculum is designed to be introduced with a podcast episode, which is included in the curriculum materials. Each episode is five minutes long and designed to captivate the students and jumpstart their learning with the given subject matter. These are a fun, engaging way to preface their media literacy learning with media!

The units are designed to be implemented in order with the corresponding podcast episode kicking off each unit. Each lesson is designed to last one class period (45-60 minutes), with the exception of the final project, which is left to your discretion. Each lesson has an activity with an interactive notebook, which can be any A4 notebook (8×11” or larger) or created digitally.

Screenshots culminates in a final project where students can choose a topic and create a piece of media to explain what they have learned. Students are encouraged to complete this final project digitally to build new digital media skills. For example, students can create a simple poster using Google Slides or practice more advanced media skills in their final project by making/editing a video or doing a podcast.

If you’re interested in expanding this curriculum into the world of video games, the Video Game Supplement features lessons where students are introduced to the potential benefits and costs of playing video games. Students will begin by reflecting on their own experiences with video games. They will then engage with the potential effects of playing video games, exploring video game genres and the design of the video game world through inquiry-based activity and discussion. Students will then compare and contrast their experiences with video games to their peers and the public, identify accurate and inaccurate information around video games, and problem solve different gaming-related situations. Finally, students will make individualized and family video game plans at home for reference and reflection in class.

How Do I Get Started?

Screenshots includes comprehensive professional learning materials to help teachers build media literacy knowledge and instructional skills for quick and confident curriculum implementation.

All lesson plans are provided in Google Docs formats. You also have access to an “Assets” folder, with separate folders for each lesson. Here you will find any worksheets, slide presentations, and PDF handouts that go along with the lessons. Worksheets and homework sheets are generally located at the end of each lesson plan. Submit an inquiry to get more info and access.

Media Power Youth also offers in-person curriculum training for groups of 10 or more educators. We can customize training for specific teams, including a discussion of recent research, as well as best practices for implementation. We also provide consulting services to help schools address media-related issues impacting learning and student life. Contact us for more information.