Girls Toolbox for Life
Since 2006, Media Literacy Project has been teaching a two-week summer course on media literacy and video production. The media literacy component is part of a larger six-week course for girls pre-6th to pre-8th grade and takes place at Albuquerque Academy’s Summer Session. Taught from a social justice framework, this course develops critical thinking and media-making skills. The girls deconstruct TV shows, music videos, commercials, and magazine ads. They learn about media literacy concepts, techniques of persuasion, and storytelling through hands-on and interactive activities. The students also write, record, and edit their own video story. The class ends with a screening party where family members are invited to watch the videos and hear what the girls have to say about their work and the media literacy knowledge they are building.
The other two segments of Girls Toolbox for Life focus on experiential education and healthy relationships. To find out how to enroll in the 2013 Girls Toolbox course click here.
To find out how to bring a course like this to your school or organization email jessica [at] medialiteracyproject [dot] org
Videos from the 2012 Girls Toolbox for Life class
"My film is about how girls feel like they have to have the newest, coolest brands. In the film I tell my story on how I overcame buying the newest brands of clothing." Created by: Grace Widner.
My video plays the "Coke Zero And?" commercial. Then, I talk about the persuasion techniques coke uses and how it is fantasy. Directed, Edited, and Made by Micah Sandman.