Saint Mark's Media Literacy program teaches students to become both critical consumers and inventive creators of mass media. This exciting, innovative program - honored by the National Association of Independent Schools Leading Edge Award in 2005 - raises students' awareness of how mass media influences individuals and society.
Students learn to identify and deconstruct the codes and conventions the media uses to sell, persuade, entertain and educate. They also learn fundamental critical thinking, communication, research and technological skills.
The program, which is constantly evolving and expanding, includes integrated lessons and projects in many grade levels. It culminates in grade eight when students create their own original media productions in an intensive week.
Becoming media creators - and having to articulate the thinking behind their projects both orally and in writing - greatly deepens students' media literacy.
Student productions have covered a broad range of topics in a wide variety of media formats. Past examples include: digital self-portraits that challenge media stereotypes of teenagers, public service videos that reveal the media's role in underage alcohol and tobacco use and websites that examine the link between television and obesity.