Life Skills

Media Literacy: Becoming an Informed Consumer

In this three day course, students will use critical thinking to learn the persuasive techniques used by marketers to persuade them to buy products.
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60 minutes

per class

3x per week

over 1 week


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will improve their ability to interpret advertising critically, identify persuasive techniques, employ intellectual defenses against persuasive techniques, create a mock advertisement employing at least three persuasive techniques, investigate advertising in a local newspaper, recognize and analyze product placement in film, and create an advocacy position on advertising. 
I am offering this class because I believe students need to be more aware of the techniques used to persuade them to buy products. This knowledge will help them develop skills as informed consumers and avoid purchasing items that do not meet their expectations or needs. As a language arts specialist, I have taught media literacy many times over my 33-year teaching career. During that time, I never experienced a student who was not interested in learning more about advertising techniques and the psychological approach used to entice buyers. 
Session one homework assignment: Use an advertising technique to design an ad for one of the following. An ad for a pair of jeans that targets teenagers, an ad for a soup that targets adults, or an ad for a bicycle that targets children ages 10-12.

Session two homework assignment: Design an envelope that uses the four most common tactics of mail advertisers.
Students need:
A variety of junk mail samples (used in session two).
A daily (not Sunday) local newspaper (used in session three). 
Paper and pencils for note-taking and completing classwork. 
Learner progress will be assessed by in-class participation, completion of in-class work and assignments, and an end-of-the course multiple-choice evaluation of the media literacy concepts covered in the course. 
3 hours per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Dr. Harper, Ed.D.Dr. Debra Harper, Ed.D.
320 total reviews
615 completed classes

About Me

Greetings OutSchool Parents and Students! 
I am Dr. Debra Harper. My specialty areas of teaching are English language arts, beginning, intermediate, and secondary reading skills, beginning, intermediate, and secondary writing instruction, reading... 
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