Propaganda in Context

"Board Game Helps Fight Real World Ebola," a video produced by Voice of America, provides the text for a guided instructional activity that asks viewers to analyze the propaganda techniques used in the video. Groups then select a example of visual propaganda and research to discover who produced the item, analyze the devices used, and evaluate the beneficial and/or harmful effects of the piece.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members familiar with Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game summarize the role video games play in the novel
  • For classes unfamiliar with search engines, demonstrate the various features of Google Search to find more information about Voice of America, referred to by the resource as "America’s propaganda agency"
Classroom Considerations

  • Third in a series of six related resources, designed to be used in order, that help learners develop the critical thinking skills essential to analyzing the propaganda techniques used in all forms of media
Pros

  • The detailed plan also includes information on how to use the various features of Google's search engine
Cons

  • None