Media in the 21st century is everywhere, constantly bombarding all of us through a multitude of platforms. How can we figure it all out and make meaning through the noise? Students will explore the modern media environment through digital platforms and mediums including print, video, and audio. We’ll use investigatory and research skills such as sourcing, close reading, and contextualization to make sense of reporting and analysis of events from different perspectives. We’ll work on parsing the difference between bias and reliability and learn how to stay informed on current issues without falling into “echo chambers”, “personal bubbles”, or cynicism. Highlights include students applying their learning by creating their own news reports on a current topic from differing perspectives. Sam Bosbach is
an 8th grade US History and Civics teacher at the Diamond Middle School.