Lesson: Media Literacy--The Trail of Tears
Author: Model Lesson
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8
In this Media Literacy lesson, you will investigate how the same event can be represented in different ways to communicate different messages.
You will be able to use Media Literacy skills to evaluate multimedia documents.
Open both activities, "Painting, 'The Trail of Tears'" and "Map, 'The Trail of Tears'" and follow the directions for each site. After you have evaluated both documents, use the SUMMARY strategy to compare how each uses media to convey a different message about this event.
Directions: Artists don't paint a scene exactly as it is. They use light, color and perspective to shape how you will see and feel about a scene. As you look at a painting, consider: • What are your eyes immediately drawn to? • What seems to be most important? • If there are people, what detail can you describe about them? • Then ask yourself, what did the artist want you to focus on? • How did he or she want you to feel? • What things were meant to be important? Why?
Directions: Click on these interactive maps to see how the American landscape was occupied before Europeans arrived in North America.
Directions: Look at this site for a brief description of the 'Trail of Tears' and its impact on Native American cultures.