The lessons in this kit are from REViEW, a media literacy curriculum developed by the Northwest Health Foundation, the United States Department of Education, Oregon State University Family Policy Center, and Benton County Schools. The goals are to reduce children’s time spent watching television, improve the quality of what they watch, and reduce negative behaviors correlated with watching violent television. The 6 lessons explore why we watch TV (good and not-so-good reasons), identify real and not-real actions and consequences on TV, show students how TV can influence behavior, provide practice “talking back” to the TV as a way to express agreement or disagreement, and distinguish between “telling TV” and “selling TV.” Finally, students brainstorm a list of activities they can participate in instead of watching TV and that leads into the challenge of TV turn-off week (usually the third week in April). The kit includes a DVD with clips of TV shows used in several of the lessons.
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