Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis open access



First Advisor

Althea Delwiche

Second Advisor

Rebecca Densley


While media scholars have established that media literacy is imperative to strengthen media’s positive effects and limit its negative effects, elementary-aged children continue to be underserved in current and relevant media literacy education. To address this disparity, this thesis created an age-appropriate media literacy curriculum for children aged seven to nine, bolstered by a comprehensive review of the current literature, which was then taught to a second-grade class at a San Antonio charter school. Results found that students’ current knowledge of contemporary media literacy concepts is minimal, but students made significant improvements through implementation of the proposed curriculum. This project offers a glimpse of the potential advancements that could be made through an updated media literacy education as well as the cognitive capabilities of the examined age group.