Yesterday, Park Day School in Oakland, CA kicked off their annual CARE Week (Campaign for Acceptance, Respect and Empathy). Their theme this year is MEDIA and their whole school, kindergarten through 8th grade, will dig deeper into various forms of Media, how it relates to their lives and what it has to do with creating a culture of empathy and compassion. I was invited to be the opening assembly to kick off CARE Week for the school.
First, I worked with a small group of 3rd graders – exploring the definition of Media and the functions of Media to 1) Inform 2) Entertain and 3) Persuade. Then, we all worked on a short play to share with their schoolmates. The play, in addition to being just plain ridiculous fun for the rest of the school to watch, grounded the overall message of the purpose and place of Media in our lives by showing how information, entertainment and persuasion interact in one story.
Here is a brief glimpse into my presentation:
Here is the powerpoint I shared with the group:
- What do you see in this picture? What information is it giving you?
- Now, notice what is going on in your body? What feelings come up when you look at this picture? Where do the feelings live in your body?
- What do you think this picture might be persuading you to do, if anything?
This issue is very important to me. In our upcoming Go Girls! programs in 2013, we will doing a lot more media literacy with the girls as part of their social/emotional education. I would like to continue this media exploration with you and your family/students. Let me know what resources you have used or found. Maybe we can find a way to partner and/or support each other.