We understand the ways that media influence young people’s understanding of their world and are committed to questioning certain language, roles, stereotypes, and attitudes.
Lesson plans are the cornerstone of Journeys’ work, reinforcing academic standards while teaching young viewers how to watch a film and challenging them to examine how their own experiences influence their perceptions of others. We provide prompts within the lesson plans to confront bias and typecasting that are perpetuated by media makers, adding to society’s adoption of these harmful attitudes. These prompts are excellent tools for today’s educators who say that they often feel inadequate to teach subjects in a multi-cultural context.
We believe many films can be transformative educational resources to facilitate community dialogue, inspire proactive learning for youth, parents, and educators who desire to advocate for certain causes. Educators crave resources to address the inequities present in our society, especially those that affect inequalities in education.
Following the lead of educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, we use a “backward-design” process that follows several steps:
- Identify main ideas or Enduring Understandings
- Establish Essential Questions
- Determine key knowledge and skills to be taught
- Determine the evidence of learning students should present at the end of lesson
- Provide background notes to teachers and assessment tools
- Provide instructions for the “how-what-when”
- Provide downloadable interactive materials
Curriculum Lesson and Engagement Plans Include:
- Pre-film viewing preparation and subsequent lessons
- Recommendations for creating the best setting for film viewing
- Recommendations for special reading needs students
- Our curricula comply with Common Core Standards and when appropriate with subject area standards.
- Recommendations for an interdisciplinary approach
- Assessment tools
Our developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive materials support various learning styles and promote literacy. We fully support Teaching Tolerance’s Anti-bias Framework in Education.