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Standard 7: Multimodal Literacy

Students will acquire, refine, and share knowledge through a variety of written, oral, visual, digital, nonverbal, and interactive texts. 

READING: Students will evaluate written, oral, visual, and digital texts in order to draw conclusions and analyze arguments.

5.7.R.2 Students will compare and contrast how ideas and topics are depicted in a variety of media and formats.

Student Actions 

Teacher Actions 

  • Students will compare how ideas and topics are represented in a variety of media and how it contributes to the meaning.




  • Teachers explain that ideas and topics can be depicted in a variety of ways and that each depiction contributes to overall meaning.
  • Teachers model how to examine a variety of media to find similarities in how the ideas and topics are depicted.
  • Teachers provide opportunities for students to examine a variety of media to find similarities in how the ideas and topics are depicted.

Supporting Resources 

Teacher Insights 

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information (website)

Blending the Past with Today's Technology: Using Prezi to Prepare for Historical Fiction (website)

Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography (website)

Digital Media vs. Traditional Lesson (website)

Compare and Contrast Across Sources (website)

Elementary Media Literacy (powerpoint)

9 Lessons to Boost Media Literacy (website)

Guided Comprehension: Visualizing Using the Sketch-to-Stretch Strategy (website)

It's My Life: Multimodal Autobiography Project (website)

Online Tools for Engaging Students in Literacy (Interactive website)

Blogging With Photovoice: Sharing Pictures in an Integrated Classroom (website)

Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt: Researching Nutrition to Advertise for Health (website)

  • Exposure to many types of media and formats will help students see differences in presentations and messages.

  • Formats and media include audio, visual, web-based, text-based, and others.

  • Four important areas to look at for comparing and contrasting information depicted in a variety of media and formats are:

    • Relevance: What is the purpose? Is this relevant to my purpose and needs? How can I connect these ideas to my own questions?

    • Reliability: Who created this information? Are they reliable? What is their expertise?

    • Accuracy: Where can I go to check the accuracy? When was the information last updated?

    • Perspective/Bias: Why did they include this information? Is there more than one perspective represented?

Due to recursive nature of the standards, it is essential that teachers are aware of how all objectives within and between strands work together for optimal instruction.

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