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In Honor of Baseball’s All-Star Game, A Book to Pre-Order

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Student sports fans (in this case, baseball fans specifically) can leverage their outside-of-school literacies to comprehend and appreciate the sophisticated cartoons and high-level text.

With ‘42’ in Theaters, Here’s a Free Movie Starring Jackie Robinson

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Alfred Green’s 1950 film, made at the height of Robinson’s career, is in the public domain…

MTV’s Andrew Jenks on Storytelling, Media Literacy, Baseball’s Bobby V, and His New Book

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“Teaching media literacy seems almost as important as teaching any other subject because it is one of the main ways that young people learn and develop–and if you don’t know how to navigate the basics of consuming media and using media, you’re in trouble.”

An Oscar-Winning Giveaway: UNDEFEATED on Blu-ray

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The only problem with inspirational movies is that they can be kind of corny. Know what I mean? I’m not talking about message movies, although plenty of those attempt to inspire us–it’s just that their attempts are so transparent that the audience feels like it’s being treated like idiots. (And for some reason we educators, […]

Strap Yourself In: A New Year in Media Has Begun

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We measure our lives out by annual media events, kind of like Prufrock and his coffee spoons.

Why Being ‘Anti-Sports’ is Anti-Intellectual

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The range of literacies employed by today’s diehard sports fans is staggering.

Mighty, Mighty Mythology: Everyday—and Olympian Level— Branding

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The subject of branding is one way an educator can connect media literacy, the humanities (classical mythology), a fannish interest in sports, and the current events story that is the Olympics.