Interest Groups & the Media: Influencing Politics

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Interest Groups & the Media: Influencing Politics - PowerPoint, Lesson Plan, Worksheet, Smart Board Activity, State Exam Practice Test and Various Activities

Teach your students about how Interest Groups and the Media influence the political process and the government. Influence Groups and the Media play play a big role in how we shaping the political landscape. On the Civics EOC Exam and various civics and US Government courses, students are asked to identify how interest groups and the media impact both political campaigns and governmental policy

Students will be introduced to the tradition of First Amendment protection of Freedom of the Press has played in providing news outlets the ability to criticize the government and politicians and how this protection is limited around the world. Students will then learn about the crucial “citizenship” responsibility to “stay informed” as this plays an important role in voting. Students will learn how politicians use the media to push their agendas and campaigns, and the effect that “media bias” plays in obtaining objective political opinions. Students will also learn about “public opinion polls” and their influence in elections and governmental policy. This lesson traces the evolution of different forms of media and how more Americans are getting their news from the internet. It also provides an introduction to the concept of propaganda and propaganda techniques such as: “testimonials,” “plain-folks appeal,” and “bandwagon” advertising / promotional” campaigns. Finally, students will learn about “watchdog role” the media plays in exposing governmental corruption and wrongdoing.

This lesson also teaches students the impact of interest groups and the individual’s role in impacting governmental policy. Students will learn about the important responsibilities that individuals play in our democratic republic to run for elected office, petition or write to governmental office holders, attend political meetings, volunteer for campaigns, make political donations and obviously vote. Students will be introduced to the creation of public policy, and the role that interest groups play in developing that policy. They will learn about different types of interest groups such as business, labor unions, and public interest groups. Examples are provided such as the NEA (National Education Association,) NAACP, Greenpeace, the NRA, and NOW. Strategies such as: lobbying, electioneering, litigation, and publicizing of these interest groups are introduced. Students are provided examples, such the NAACP initiated Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit. They will learn about the purpose, functions, and potential downside of the lobbying industry.

• Completed lesson plan with step-by-step instructions
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• Smartboard activity
• State Exam Practice Test
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Check out the YouTube clip that goes with this lesson @ Mr. Raymond’s Civics EOC Academy YouTube channel:

https://youtu.be/NEfmcD22EXs

https://youtu.be/PVlkWk9lPr0

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Please note, this product is for personal classroom use by a single teacher. If you would like to copy this product for more than one teacher, please download additional licenses, available at 50% off the original price!

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• Copy or modify any part of this document to offer others for free or for sale.

Mr. Raymond’s Civics E.O.C. Academy was designed for students taking the Florida Civics End-of-Course (EOC) Exam. However, as many states are implementing Civics Exams, these videos will work for all students of Civics, US Government, and US History. Currently students have to pass a civics state exam in order to graduate in Idaho, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah – as well as state social studies tests such as Texas’ STAAR exam, as well as Virginia’s Civics SOL exam. These videos look at all of the civics benchmarks that will be tested on most state civics exams.

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Interest Groups & the Media: Influencing Politics
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Interest Groups & the Media: Influencing Politics
Interest Groups & the Media: Influencing Politics