Media Literacy is an English/Literature course. The course is designed to emphasize comprehension, discernment, and critical-thinking skills in the reading of texts and literature, as well as contemporary and historical images and how they are used to make art, sell products, motivate populations, and alter opinions. This course introduces and explores more advanced literary and rhetorical techniques, which may include debates surrounding television, the internet, and other sources for media, in exploring alternatives to the mainstream media. Students analyze media content in writing throughout the course and explore more advanced literary techniques (irony, satire, humor, connotation, tone, rhythm, symbolism, and so on) through two or more literary genres, with the aim of creating sophisticated readers. Writing assignments are required as an additional method to develop and improve critical-thinking and analytic skills.