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Educational Materials

In this section, MEDIA MATTERS enters the classroom with educational tools based on the series and online resources. For this episode, you may use the downloadable Teachers Guide (see further details below). You can also find lesson plans for the previous MEDIA MATTERS episodes, from September 2001 and March 2002, complete with step-by-step classroom activities and printable organizers for students.

NOTE: Teachers have the right to tape MEDIA MATTERS and play it for instructional purposes for one year after the original broadcast.

Teacher's Guide

The MEDIA MATTERS Teachers Guide, developed by Thirteen/WNET's Educational Publishing Department, is a collection of essays, suggestions, ideas, facts, and resources that will stimulate dialogue and thought about the issues raised in the series. The Guide also recommends ways of organizing ongoing discussion groups based around the series. An extensive resource list includes current publications, organizations, and video and online resources. The Guide is available online only as a PDF (Portable Document Format).

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To download the Teachers Guide as a PDF, you must first have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher, available for free on Adobe's Web site. The Reader is available for most computer platforms, and once downloaded the Guides may be viewed on-screen as well as printed out.

Teachers Guide