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Eleventh graders analyze primary sources. In this US History lesson, 11th graders interpret written information. Students evaluate arguments and draw conclusions. Students develop and defend a position.
High schoolers examine how the French and American revolutions influenced and emergence of free press in these countries. Students explore the link between government control of the press and the type of government. They compare and contrast the benefits of free press.
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 activity, 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.
Students complete novel analysis activities for J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. In this novel analysis lesson, students determine if the novel is still relevant by reading the Slate article, Thomas Beller's article, and a student's opinion. Students find themes in the novel and view various covers for the novel to discuss the symbols in the text. Students discuss censorship and complete an essay.
Eleventh graders gain a sense of historical time and historical perspective as they study the massive campaign that the U.S. government launched to convince Americans to conserve, participate, and sacrifice. They study cencorship, and other key concepts.
Students 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.
Students in an adult ESL classroom are introduced to the definition of freedom of speech. Using the internet, they discover the differences between the rule of law and rule of men. To end the lesson, they examine how the court system operates in the United States.
In this violence discussion worksheet, students discuss censorship and violence and the possible connections between violent cartoons, combat sports, weapons, and corporal punishment.
Students consider the implications of playing violent video games. In this current issues lesson, students visit selected websites to research virtual violence and video game censorship.
Students 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 discuss how a musician's message can influence society and government. They debate if political viewpoints should be publicized in music.
In this media read aloud activity, students read a dialogue aloud in pairs. Student A will ask a question about the media, and Student B gives the answer.
Young scholars 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.
Learners 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.
Providing ample examples of humor in literature, psychology, and sociology, this presentation studies the concept and function of humor in society today. Covering what is classically "funny" and what is not, and why, the slideshow will inspire a rich debate with a plethora of examples spilling from the lecture seats. The final slides include several links to other humorous resources.
When, if ever, is the government justified in restricting individual rights? When, if ever, should the "greater good" trump individual rights? To prepare to discuss this hot-button topic, class members examine primary source documents, including Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Order 9066. After an extended controversial issue discussion of the questions, individuals present their own stance through an argumentative essay supported by evidence drawn from the documents.
New Review The Cold War
Take your instruction on the Cold War to the next level by having learners participate in a group role-playing exercise, working to convey pertinent information and illustrate the intense anxiety related to this time period in the United States.
New Review Iran’s 2009 Voter Uprising
Young historians discover how thousands of Iranian citizens risked their lives in 2009 to protest what they believed to be fraudulent election results. The resource includes a fantastic warmup, PowerPoint presentation, video, reading handouts, and the opportunity for learners to further examine the election through a graphic novel, political cartoons, and photographs.
New Review The Joy Luck Club: Themes of the Novel
Discuss two possible themes from Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club in the ninth of ten lessons in a novel unit. Having finished the book, readers engage in a discussion about the themes of fate, memory, and transformation, and answer questions about different characters and their experiences through the lens of each theme. Then, they start an essay based on the topics found in the reader guide, which is attached to the resource.