Empowering Writers

April 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month

This month, the K-1 lesson is based on different forms of media; technology, magazines, commercials, advertisements, newspapers, etc. The lesson will showcase media and author’s purpose at the same time, pairing the purpose with a popular emoji.


Students will learn about different media outlets and recognize the author’s purpose and audience depicted by each of the media.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Display examples of all types of media on a table at the front of the room. Display pictures of those you don’t have a real example of. (Media includes television, radio, music players, computers, billboard/advertisements, magazines, books, and newspapers.)
  2. Share a collection of emoji’s. Point out that each of the emoji’s represents author’s purpose. Click here to see the emojis with the lesson.
  3. ASK: What is media? If they are unsure, prompt them with further questions: How do you get the news? How do you find out what’s going on in the world? What can be used to communicate a message? Chart their answers.
  4. Explain that media is anything used to convey a message, like newspapers and television, or used to reach a lot of people. Point out that each type of media has a purpose and a certain audience that they are focused on.
  5. Demonstrate the use of each type of media. Show pictures of the unavailable types. For each type of media, hold it up and ask the participants to name it. Then have the group pair the media’s purpose with an emoji. ASK: “What is it used for?” (To give the news, advertise things you can buy, play games, listen to music, etc. For example: Display a newspaper and ask: “What is this?” A newspaper “What is it used for?” to share news What is the purpose of a newspaper?” to give information, news. Which emoji matches the author’s purpose.
  6. Students will then draw a picture of a Media outlet on each of the four squares. Atop the picture students will adhere a sticky note and depict the matching emoji (author’s purpose).