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How can word choice affect a political speech? Middle and high schoolers examine the text of the 1999 State of the Union Address, and then determine how newspaper articles and television reports describe and analyze the event. Use this lesson to examine conflicting evidence and viewpoints in informational text, or to focus on evaluating a speaker's argument.
After analyzing and evaluating news summaries found in the New York Times "Week in Review" section, middle schoolers study the steps for summarizing a news article briefly and accurately. They write two news summaries: one on a newspaper article, and one on another type of informational text. A series of questions guides them through the summary process.
Discover what persuasive techniques are commonly used in advertisements to convince consumers to buy their products. After discussing and analyzing the ads as a class, small groups label their own print advertisement with post-it notes. The culminating activity for this lesson could be a persuasive paper or research on a career in advertising. An excellent opening lesson to a persuasive writing unit!
Scholars assess how word choice and linguistic patterns affect a presidential debate. They examine candidates' words for repetition and analyze what this repetition means. Then they locate countries that fit the expression free world. In the end, they participate in a round table discussion.
Students analyze political cartoons of the Great Depression. In this Great Depression instructional activity, students determine how Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt led during the economic downturn as they respond to discussion questions regarding the provided political cartoons.
Discuss media stereotypes with your emerging consumers. They view a television program to identify gender bias. After discussing the clip as a class, each learner writes a story showing more equitable roles. Or consider having them rewrite the clip with the same goal, then they have something to work off of!
Should college admissions decisions be based on whether whose family members attended? Secondary students read and respond to a New York Times article on the issue of 'legacy preferences' in college admissions. Following class discussion, readers receive a specific point of view in the argument and must research and defend it in a roundtable debate. Students may write a letter to the editor on the topic of legacy preferences.
Help your kids explore gender bias. Learners design and conduct a survey examining role responsibilities within families. They determine the percentage of responsibilities for males vs. females and graph the results. Then they analyze the results of their survey and discuss the implications as they relate to gender bias.