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Dollars and Votes: 2012 Election
What comes to mind when learners think about campaign financing? They watch a video (linked) about the fundraising climate during the 2012 presidential election and discuss Super PACs and Supreme Court legislation as a group. Scholars focus on rhetorical device by listening to famous speeches and completing a graphic organizer on persuasive techniques.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 162 Downloads CCSS: Designed
If it is an election year and you're teaching American government, then you'll definitely want to take a look at this project. Class members will research a chosen candidate and create a profile for him/her, then collect and analyze newspaper articles, create a slogan, and conduct polling outside of school to get an understanding of how many people will be heading to the polls come election day.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Who Could Have Been Who
Can word choice affect a candidate's likeability? Use this New York Times lesson to explore how a presidential candidate's likeability factor can fluctuate in public opinion polls. Young readers choose a presidential election from their lifetime and research the various Democratic or Republican candidates' backgrounds using informational texts.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 337 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
A Positive Spin
Study word choice and connotation in advertising. Readers examine campaign ads, both negative and positive, from the 2006 mid-term election. They read and discuss an article and analyze a campaign of any candidate they choose. Finally, they develop storyboards for positive campaigns.
6th - 12th Language Arts 22 Views 262 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Analyzing the News
With so many ways to follow the news today, it is imperative to think critically about the sources of information we are turning to. Here is a fantastic graphic organizer that will help your learners develop the skills to properly analyze news sources, considering their source, content, and overall message.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 27 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Evaluating Media Sources
Just how much influence did television have on the results of the 1960 presidential election? Media critics contend that the results were all about how the two candidates appeared on the screen. Give your young historians a chance to make their own assessment.
9th - 10th All 7 Views 30 Downloads CCSS: Designed
CongressLink Lesson Plan: Using Political Propaganda During Elections
When did political propaganda start? How many types of propaganda are there? Kids are asked to analyze the various types of elections and election propaganda that voters see each year at election time. They compose an essay describing each type of propaganda and commonly used propaganda techniques.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 21 Downloads
American Government Final Project
Your young citizens will be so excited for this American government final project, which will offer them a variety of choices for synthesizing and demonstrating their knowledge at the conclusion of your course. The resource includes descriptions of project options, such as a 2014 presidential election analysis paper or current events news cast to designing an American government music video or board game!
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Hyper-Partisan Politics of Prohibition
A full and thoughtful lesson includes links, handouts, guided viewing worksheets, and great extension activities. Upper graders will examine extreme politics, propaganda, hyper-partisanship, and the 1928 presidential election. They engage in class discussion and create a presentation based on what they learned from viewing the related videos.
7th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 77 Downloads
Making inferences about the 2000 presidential election
“Hanging chads.” While these two words may be infamous to most of us, few middle schoolers understand their importance to the presidential election of 2000. As an exercise in drawing inferences, class members examine a Mini Page article about the changes made in political policies and election laws prior to the 2004 election.
6th - 8th Language Arts 31 Views 41 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Bias and Crime in Media
Critical thinking and social justice are central themes for this resource on bias and crime in media. The class views and discusses an incisive PSA that highlights assumptions based on race. Small groups read newspaper opinion pieces about reporting a person's faith in crime news and deconstruct how it can influence bias toward groups of people based on religion.
10th - 12th 21st Century Skills 22 Views 35 Downloads
Explore the backgrounds, qualifications, and platforms of the presidential candidates for the 2000 election. Though the lesson is outdated, the activities within the informational text could be good practice for your young learners as they work on evaluating arguments and claims.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 166 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Who will be the next president? Learners write a persuasive letter to the president of the United States. They research the 2000 Presidential election, interview parents, and reflect on their own opinions and experiences to write their letters.
4th - 9th Language Arts 3 Views 303 Downloads
Bias in News Sources
As young consumers of media, it is important for high schoolers to explore concepts of bias and prejudice, and how they may be present in media. After discussing ideological messages that media can contain, individuals complete a warm-up activity about connotation.
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills 19 Views 52 Downloads
How do people interact with media? In what ways can everyday people respond to the news? Read "The CBS Evening Blog," and discuss a list of questions provided. Then, play a clip of recent news coverage (you will have to find this). Discuss the focus, the delivery, and the content.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 19 Downloads
Lesson: Unmonumental: Yesterday's News
Upper graders are tasked with developing a social consciousness as they analyze the impact of the news media. They view a presentation depicting various media events in order to understand threshold moments in history. There are three discussion sessions and one writing assignment; making this a very thoughtful lesson.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 16 Downloads
American Media: Addicted to Scandal?
Students examine media coverage of George W. Bush's refusal to answer questions regarding past illegal drug usage in the 1999 campaign. They consider the role of rumor, scandal, audience and relevance in political media coverage.
6th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 36 Downloads
Students examine the economic and political challenges the past six presidents have faced during their terms of office, and how those challenges may or may not have impacted their chances for re-election. They create campaign slogans both for and against the presidents researched in class based on the economic and political climate at the time of their elections.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 40 Downloads
How Media Shapes Perception
Students explain the impact that the media may have in shaping their intellectual and emotional responses to current events. They examine broadcast and Web-based news sites to find subtexts through the use of language, audio, and visual elements.
10th - 12th Language Arts 38 Views 101 Downloads