Defining Propaganda

21st century learners live in a media world. Help them develop the skills they need to be able to analyze the barrage of propaganda they face daily, with a resource that introduces them to the type of persuasive appeals found in news, entertainment, and advertising, and models how to become critical consumers of modern media.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups craft their own piece of propaganda to demonstrate their understanding of the techniques studied
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires multiple color copies of the three-page worksheet
  • The first in a series of six propaganda lessons
Pros

  • The focus of the lesson is on developing critical thinking skills so that consumers can identify and analyze the devices used, can recognize the implicit message in the piece, and then consider their own response to the message
Cons

  • None