See Len Masterman’s excellent summary of the 18 principles of media education at http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/teaching_backgrounders/media_literacy/18_prin ciples.cfm
New Mexico currently has the most comprehensive school-based media literacy education in the country. See http://medialiteracyproject.org/ for some of their resources.
See the Center for Media Literacy’s five key questions of Media Literacy and what teachers can do at http://www.medialit.org/media-education-foundation-media-literacy-education-and-choice The five questions are:
1. Who sent this message?
2. What techniques are used to attract my attention?
3. How might other people understand this message differently from me?
4. What values, lifestyles, and points of view are represented in or omitted from this message?
5. Why was this message sent? All media messages are organized to gain profit, power, or influence.