Coming Distractions: Questioning Movies (Media Literacy)

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Action flicks, romantic comedies, animated classics-there are all kinds of movies to choose from. So how do filmmakers get you to watch their movie? Well, grab your popcorn. It's time to ask questions about the messages in movies.

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Frank Baker is a Capstone Author

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Numerous states have made teaching kids about media messages a formal part of the curriculum. The Fact Finders: Media Literacy series, which includes this solid title about movies, ties into this trend. Here, an author who runs a media-literacy Web site uses basic, conversational language to encourage middle-grade children to think about what [they] see and ask questions. The narrative addresses filmmakers market research; how product placements work; and the ways directors choices can spread stereotypes or distort reality: A leading lady, even when she s fighting the bad guys, wears high heels. Pop-culture references and numerous film stills will date the book, but the points they support will lead readers back to their own movie-viewing experiences. Like the Hollywood directors who load action flicks with thrill-heightening jolts per minute, the book s punchy headlines, sound-bite-style text, and bold design will hold readers attention. Activity sidebars can easily adapt to classroom use, and useful Web and book resources conclude. --Booklist; Vol. 103, No. 15; Pages 72-74, April 2007

These titles are designed to help children critique the media and understand the motives behind the production of popular entertainment. Each one makes it clear that producers create movies, magazines, TV programs, and online sites with particular audiences in mind, and that they target them by showing these specific population groups what they want to see. The authors also show how the media influences their audience and promotes particular values. All of the titles are organized around five basic questions: Who made the message and why? Who is the message for? How might others view the message differently? What is left out of the media? How does the message get and keep my attention? The books are written in a breezy style and have plenty of popping colors and photos. Sidebars labeled Try it out! suggest interesting activities that children can do to get firsthand experience with creating media and commercials. Each book has a spread indicating various jobs within each field. All of them show children how media is created and manipulated to attract attention and not necessarily to reflect reality. They also emphasize that what is left out of productions can be just as important as what is included. Overall, these are useful and attractive books that encourage children to begin thinking about media with necessary skepticism. --School Library Journal;Vol. 53, No. 6; Page 165, June 2007

Media educators say that getting a foothold on the young kids is critical to our success. However, many elementary teachers feel insecure in launching a basic program without reasonable teaching resources to back them up. To the rescue comes Capstone Press with its Fact Finders series covering movies, music, magazines, television and online communication. Each of these 30 page, hard-cover mini books is beautifully illustrated and encourages kids to take a critical, but not a media bashing, approach. Throughout, students are asked for their opinions. Typical sections in each book include background information on a media phenomenon e.g. product placement, the different roles played by a production team and a glossary of terms. A writer of two of the mini books is AML s own Neil Andersen, earning his spurs, quite cleverly, with our American cousins. --Association for Media Literacy, March 2007

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