Media educator Frank W. Baker conducts workshops with educators (and students) around close reading of media texts. For more information about his workshops, go here. Contact him for specifics. Return to the Media Literacy Clearinghouse for additional resources and ideas.
It’s been my experience that most teachers understand how to “close read” print, but many have not had the same training nor experience when it comes to teaching “media texts.” That’s why I created this web resource. It is designed to provide guidance, suggestions and resources for helping you to teach students how to analyze the techniques used by media makers, so that their experience with media is a richer, more rewarding one. In many ways, when we do this, we are turning them away from being passive viewers, and turning them toward becoming more active (critical) viewers.
“When close reading a media text, you deconstruct (take part) the text by analyzing the way different elements are used to create meaning.
In order to close read a text, it is necessary to understand the particular media language used. Media language encompasses all the ways
in which media text is constructed to communicate with an audience through verbal, visual, aural language ( e.g. lighting, layout, shots, typography, images, sound).” (Source)
ESSAYS BY FRANK W. BAKER
Close Reading and What It Means for Media Literacy (1 of 4)
Close Reading: Visual Literacy Through Photography (2 of 4)
Close Reading Of Ads Promotes Critical Thinking (3 of 4)
Close Reading: The Language of Film (4 of 4)
Teaching Visual & Media Literacy With Popular Magazines
Close Reading of News, Ads & Websites
Selling Sleeping Pills: Close Reading & Common Core
The Language of Film