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Students examine the dangers associated with smoking. In groups, they discuss what it means to be addicted to a drug and how the media influences our decisions. After watching excerpts of films, they identify the use of smoking and the reaction to the film by the public because of these images. To end the lesson, they discover the importance of making repsonsible choices when it comes to tobacco use.
ï»¿In this Freedom of Information Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling sequencing, scrambled sentences, asking questions, take a survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for Freedom of Information Day.
Approach censorship through the controversy of the Syrian government's violence against kidnapped cartoonist Ali Ferzat. Background information gives learners context of the issue, and a link offers further media coverage of the event. Three talking points encourage deeper thinking in analyzing a political cartoon, as well as the inherent controversy and value of political cartoons. More cartoons on this issue are linked for an extension opportunity.
Young scholars explore the events surrounding the confrontation at Tiananmen Square between Chinese forces and "The Tank Man." They discover how censorship affects what the media reports and what the public learns. Students research China's human rights factors through videos, portraits and literature.
Eleventh graders analyze censorship in the media and the impact it has on hip hop music. In this music censorship instructional activity, 11th graders research an online article about censorship and discuss it with their partner. Students write a review for the article and responses to the related questions.
Middle schoolers read the case text of the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier case. Using the text, they discuss the case history and the implications of the verdict. They share their findings with the class in the form of a PowerPoint presentation and their opinions about whether the students press was right or wrong in the case.
Students define freedom of the press in peace and war time. As a class, they identify the need for the public to be informed, but discuss where the line should be drawn to protect national security. They develop their arguments and participate in a mock trial simulation.
Students analyze primary source documents of the 1920s to find the roots of film censorship and understand Pennsylvania's leadership in this movement. They analyze government censorship documents that banned a film in Pennsylvania and compare and contrast their earlier findings to the modern-day rating system used for films.