Tools for Teachers

Tools for Teachers

Teaching Students to Read Between the Lines

For young people to thrive in a media and technology saturated society, educators and parents must help students to develop their critical thinking skills. Specifically, teaching teens to be media smart about drug and alcohol advertising enables them to:

  • Distinguish between commercial and noncommercial content;
  • Recognize the persuasive intent of advertising;
  • Weigh conceptual and perceptual information;
  • Understand varying levels of vocabulary;
  • Make informed choices; and
  • Build their resilience against using drugs and alcohol.

The Media Straight Up! offers educational opportunities and gives educators, prevention specialists and others

the tools to teach media literacy. These teacher tools are available from Drug Free Pennsylvania at a nominal


  • The Media Straight Up! 12-Lesson Curriculum – It helps teach young people how to analyze media messages and how to use key communications concepts and technologies to produce their own anti-drug spots.

To register and download your FREE The Media Straight Up! Curriculum Guide, please click here.

If you are interested in receiving training on The Media Straight

Up! Curriculum Guide, then please contact Jeanne Troy, Director of

Development and Communications.