If you choose this
option for your quarter 1 individual project, follow these directions:
Media Log serves several purposes:
It will help you
evaluate the ways that you are growing in media literacy
It will give you a
place to name media events that intrigue or involve you in some way
It will allow you an
opportunity to record personal responses to media events or productions
Keeping your Media Log:
Keep a separate
notebook for your Media Log
Write in it at least
once a week, but preferably more (use color and doodles to enhance your
Log entries should
equal about 2,000 words in all.
Alternative: Type your
logs in Word and print them and put them into a binder.
Put a heading at the
top of each entry.
Date each entry.
Keep it in good shape;
it will be handed in at the end of the quarter
What goes in your Media Log?
The following are suggestions that will help you create a well rounded log
that will help you grow in media literacy. Try to include as many of these
suggestions as possible. Be as specific as you can in your entries.
Support what you say with reasons or examples or both.
As you watch TV, read
articles or listen to songs, write down your impressions of methods or
concepts that you find interesting. For example, why do you think a
character is interesting, or what do you think about a technique used in
a movie, music video or a commercial?
Make lists or note
lyrics of favorite songs, rock videos, TV shows or other media and
explain why you like them.
Make note of media
experiences that you really dislike and say why.
Write about media
experiences that affect you emotionally or physically. For example,
include experiences that invoke anger, tears, laughter or nausea.
Collect articles and
clippings that you find interesting, particularly as they are examples
of concepts that you have learned about or discussed in class.
Cut out ads or pieces
of ads (headlines, photos, logos) and comment on or analyze the message
given or the techniques used. You can also make reference to ads you
have seen on TV and make the same kinds of responses to them.
Write down ways you
think you are changing your use of media (that is how you interpret what
you see and hear) as a result of your study of media.
Write about cultural or
political issues that are present in the media and comment on biases,
techniques used or other aspects of the media event.