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"Movie Night: Why Media Matters" A free lesson plan for Catholic youth ministers

A tool to teach media literacy to teens, created by John Paul the Great Catholic University. **For offline presentation (Mac only) download at http://tinyurl.com/pehf3tb **For complete lesson plan and resources, visit www.jpcatholic.com/movienight

Joseph Houde

on 2 July 2014

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Transcript of "Movie Night: Why Media Matters" A free lesson plan for Catholic youth ministers

"Media is a mirror that helps shape the reality it reflects."
Quote #1
“…the cinema is a universal and esteemed medium from which messages are often sent which are capable of influencing and conditioning the choices of the public, and especially young people.”
Quote #2
"Do not be afraid of new technologies! These rank among the marvelous things which God has placed at our disposal to discover, to use…”
Quote #3
"The cinema, with its vast possibilities, could become a powerful means of evangelization.”
Quote #4
The Hangover

Bradley Cooper
Ed Helms
Zach Galifianakis
Heather Graham
Justin Bartha

The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship
of the Ring

Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortenson
Liv Tyler
Orlando Bloom

Saving Private

Twix Commercial
"Need a Moment?"
Tom Hanks
Matt Damon
Edward Burns
Tom Sizemore
The Change-Up

Ryan Reynolds
Jason Bateman

Passive Media
Active Media
"The first duty of recipients of social communication is to be

discerning and selective
. They should inform themselves about media—their structures, mode of operation, contents—and make responsible choices, according to ethically sound criteria,
about what to read or watch or listen to
Quote #5
Witness Talk
Romans 12:2
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but
be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Small Groups
1. What was the last movie you saw? Overall did it have positive messages, negative messages, or mixed? Explain.

2. Was there ever a time you felt peer pressured into watching something you knew was inappropriate? What was it, and what happened?

3. What is the movie or TV show that has inspired you the most to be a better person?

4. Has this night changed the way you look at media? Do you think your next viewing experience will
be any different?
Sociologists agree
Easy A

Emma Stone
Amanda Bynes

The Big Bang
(2007 - )

Jim Parsons
Johnny Galecki
Simon Helberg

Catching Fire

Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth

Dane DeHaan
Alex Russell
Michael B. Jordan

“We believe that media has truly become 'the other parent' in kids’ lives, powerfully affecting their mental, physical, and social development.”
-Common Sense Media
-Ethics in Advertising
- St. John Paul II
- St. John Paul II
- St. John Paul II
-Ethics in Communication
Read movie reviews
Watch trailers
Get some trusted friends' opinions
This free media literacy resource is copyright John Paul the Great Catholic University. Movie clips are property of their respective owners, and are able to be used as a tool for media literacy education in accordance with the guidelines of Fair Use. For more information, please read:

To download the accompanying Catechetical Lesson Plan and additional resources, please go to:
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