• Accessibility Statement
  • Introduction
  • Defining Critical Media Literacy
  • Key Civics and Government Concepts
  • Critical Media Literacy Guides
  • Topic 1. Foundations of the United States Political System
  • Topic 2. The Development of United States Government
  • Topic 3. Institutions of United States Government
  • Topic 4. The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
  • Topic 5. The Constitution, Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions
  • Topic 6. The Structure of State and Local Government
  • Topic 7. Freedom of the Press and News/Media Literacy
  • Glossary
  • Download
  • Translations
  • Introduction

    Critical Media Literacy and Civic Learning

    Welcome to Critical Media Literacy and Civic Learning - an interactive, multimodal, multicultural, open access eBook for teaching and learning key topics in United States Government and Civic Life. Open access means these materials are online, digital, and free of charge (Billings, 2019). This book is available online to anyone with an internet connection. The eBook can also be viewed and printed as a PDF file for offline viewing.

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    Developed as a companion edition to our Building Democracy for All eBook (2020), Critical Media Literacy and Civic Learning (2021) features more than 100 interactive media literacy learning activities for students organized around key topics in civics, government, and history education derived from the Massachusetts 8th Grade Civics and Government curriculum framework.

    Senior Contributing Authors

    Robert W. MaloySenior Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

    Torrey Trust, Associate Professor of Learning Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Chenyang Xu, Graduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

    Allison Butler, Senior Lecturer & Director of Undergraduate Advising, Director of Media Literacy Certificate Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Media Literacy Project Team

    Ifat Gazia, Graduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

    J.D. SwerzenskiGraduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

    Yuxi (Cecilia) Zhou, Graduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

    Natalie Passov, Undergraduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Eleanor Sprick, Undergraduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Benjamin Mendillo, Undergraduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Kyle Balis, Undergraduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Kendra Sleeper, Undergraduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    We gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Award for this project.

    Awards

    The team was awarded the 2023 MERLOT Award
    Bob Maloy, Torrey Trust, Allison Butler, and Chenyang Xu were awarded the 2023 MERLOT Classics Award
    2021 Winner Learning Technologies Team - eLearning Consortium of Colorado
    Bob Maloy, Torrey Trust, Allison Butler, and Chenyang Xu were honored for their collaborative work on this eBook project with the 2021 Learning Technologies Team Award.

    This content is provided to you freely by Equity Press.

    Access it online or download it at https://equitypress.org/mediaandciviclearning/introduction.