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‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

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Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

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“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”

Exploring Common Core’s Informational Text… with Violent Video Games

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I’ll hazard that many of us don’t immediately think “games” when we think of “transliteracy,” but why not?

“Are Zombies Good for Kids?”: A Chat with Psychoanalyst Jack Schwartz

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“The zombie consciousness reflects the perfect expression of equal rights in society. There is no difference between boys and the girls in this world—hunger is the organizing principle.”

‘The Dark Knight Returns’: Some Critical Thinking Questions

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Here are some questions you can ask fans — questions designed to extend the critical thinking they’re most likely already engaged in…

A Question for Pop Culture Fandom: Strong Women… or Violent Women?

"Resident Evil: Retribution" opens in theaters tomorrow, but is Alice, the series' hero, a role model?

It’s the asking of tricky questions, not the providing of pat, politically-correct answers, that builds lifelong habits of mind in students.

Some Brief Thoughts on Media Violence and Critical Literacy

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Set the tone for an authentic exchange about media violence, not simply one where young people mouth public niceties…