Should we believe everything we read? Becoming a discerning consumer of media

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Class members investigate the role media should play in a healthy democracy. As part of this study, groups analyze political advertising, use FactCheck to assess not only the veracity of but the persuasions techniques used in candidates' speech and ads.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups develop a presentation in which they fact check and analyze the appeals used in one campaign ad
Classroom Considerations

  • The fifth in a series of eight resources that examine the US presidential election process
  • Although developed for the 2008 US presidential election, the resource is easily adapted to the current election
Pros

  • The 13-page packet includes a detailed plan, guiding questions for the analysis of advertisements, and information on techniques of persuasion in both print and broadcast media
Cons

  • None