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EDU 305 Week 5 Assignment Medial Influence


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Conduct a study of media messages that target early adolescents. Observe stores, window displays, and notice billboards; review popular magazines in supermarkets, bookstores, and drugstores; analyze primetime television programs and commercials, major motion pictures that are PG-13 rated, and listen to music on popular radio stations. You may wish to explore several websites that relate to media including www.mediafamily.org.


Identify a particular message from the data you collect and base your presentation on that theme. The theme may be of any nature, such as beauty as a cultural value, fitness or health, aggression, sexuality, or commitment. It might be positive or negative.


Present your findings. You may use a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, a poster or collage, a website or wiki, a multimedia presentation tool, or any other appropriate means to present your findings. Answer the following in your presentation:


  • What influence do you think these media messages have on adolescent development?
  • What developmental theories explain the influence of these messages?
  • What are the potential ethical issues in media targeted for adolescents? How would you deal with these in the classroom?

As a teacher, how would you address negative media influences or incorporate positive media and its influences into the classroom?

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