SUMMA Essentials is our core curriculum introducing our media analysis methodology. It is included with a subscription to CART – our Content Analysis Rating Tool – and is designed to be used in conjunction with the CART platform.
The SUMMA Essentials curriculum includes:
- 8-10 lessons on our methodology, depending on whether you include introductory sessions. Each lesson contains about 20-60 minutes of video content and downloadable PDF content, with time needed varying by reading level. When paired with analysis and discussion, it generally translates to 2-3 hours per lesson for asynchronous and classroom time. This is highly adjustable depending on complexity and amount of content rated, and by time in discussion.
- Access to CART, our Content Analysis Rating Tool, the platform used by our analysts to create the Media Bias Chart. Enter URLs of articles you select or assign our “CARTicles” – six news articles on current events each week, entered by our staff and rated also by our analysts. Students log into CART with an analyst view and rate articles according to the methodology.
For more on SUMMA Essentials, please see descriptions for CART below.