Mark Ray
Graphic Arts, Education, Educational Technology, Reading Informational Text, U.S. History, Political Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Assessment
Middle School, High School
  • Cyber Citizenship
  • Digital Learning
  • Edtech
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Remote Learning
  • Wa-curricular-resources-for-educators
  • Wa-edtech
  • Washington
  • wa-ela
  • wa-social-studies
  • washington
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    Education Standards

    Info-luencer: Media Literacy and Civics


    This resource includes multiple lesson plans developed by Washington State teacher John Zingale and can be taught as part of in-person, hybrid, or remote instructional settings. The core content areas include social studies, civics, and media literacy and are designed for use with students in grades 6-12. Additional integrations include ELA, world languages, mathematics, physical education and science. 

    These lessons integrate both state and national civics instruction using project-based and collaborative learning strategies. Features of these lessons include:

    • student research
    • collaborative learning
    • digital learning strategies
    • lateral reading
    • design and creation of infographics

    To support these lessons, additional resources are provided to help educators and families with understanding and teaching information and media literacy to young people. Resources include:

    • introductions to media literacy
    • educator guides
    • parent guides
    • student learning standards

    Media Literacy Lessons for Secondary Students


    This modular unit helps ensure students are effective users and producers of information and ideas. Originally designed as a multi-week unit of study, this OER version has been designed for flexibility, allowing educators to use individual lessons or modules which can be used in sequence or on their own. 

    With a primary content focus on civics, U.S. History, media literacy, and graphic design, additional content integrations include English Language Arts, mathematics, physical education, science, and world languages. These integrations include support for second language learning and culturally responsive teaching instructional goals. 

    Resources are also provided to provide professional support for educators including guides to teaching information literacy, use of digital tools, and student learning standards.

    Course Available!

    A self-paced asynchronous Canvas course is offered through ESD 112 to help educators learn about information literacy and how to use the lessons and resources on this site. Clock hours are available for a nominal fee.


    Grades 6-12 | All user levels


    These resources were made possible through a grant program sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and funded by the Washington State Legislature. 

    The Info-luencer instructional resources were adapted from lessons created by teachers John Zingale and Erin Lark from Vancouver Public Schools. Additional resources and site design was developed by Mark Ray. Additional support and assistance was provided by ESD 112. 

    Attribution and License


    Photos by Allison Shelley for “American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action” are available for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 license (CC BY-NC 4.0).Format


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