Analyzing Media Messages

Telling young people to just say no can be difficult in a world that inundates them with messages to just say yes. A lesson on media messages encourages teenagers to analyze song lyrics and advertisements that mention drugs and/or alcohol, and to determine whether the message is glorifying or warning against substance abuse.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the extension activity as homework after the lesson is over
  • Project the poster onto the board as class members walk in, and have them write about what they see as a warm-up journal activity
Classroom Considerations
  • The fourth part of a longer unit on marijuana use
  • Worksheet contains a lot of color; consider reformatting the information onto another document for easier printing
  • Be sure that your class can discuss pop culture's portrayal of drug abuse in a mature and sensitive way
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  • Provides an answer key for all activities in the unit
  • Encourages critical thinking and close reading 
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