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Full Text of HB0234  102nd General Assembly


Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez

Filed: 3/22/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 234 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
527-20.08 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/27-20.08 new)
7    Sec. 27-20.08. Media literacy.
8    (a) In this Section, "media literacy" means the ability to
9access, analyze, evaluate, create, and communicate using a
10variety of objective forms, including, but not limited to,
11print, visual, audio, interactive, and digital texts.
12    (b) Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, every public
13high school shall include in its curriculum a unit of
14instruction on media literacy. The unit of instruction shall
15include, but is not limited to, all of the following topics:
16        (1) Accessing information: Evaluating multiple media



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1    platforms to better understand the general landscape and
2    economics of the platforms, as well as issues regarding
3    the trustworthiness of the source of information.
4        (2) Analyzing and evaluating media messages:
5    Deconstructing media representations according to the
6    authors, target audience, techniques, agenda setting,
7    stereotypes, and authenticity to distinguish fact from
8    opinion.
9        (3) Creating media: Conveying a coherent message using
10    multimodal practices to a specific target audience. This
11    may include, but is not limited to, writing blogs,
12    composing songs, designing video games, producing
13    podcasts, making videos, or coding a mobile or software
14    application.
15        (4) Reflecting on media consumption: Assessing how
16    media affects the consumption of information and how it
17    triggers emotions and behavior.
18        (5) Social responsibility and civics: Suggesting a
19    plan of action in the class, school, or community to
20    engage others in a respectful, thoughtful, and inclusive
21    dialogue over a specific issue using facts and reason.
22    (c) The State Board of Education shall determine how to
23prepare and make available instructional resources and
24professional learning opportunities for educators that may be
25used for the development of a unit of instruction under this



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
2becoming law.".