This product offers a targeted opportunity for students to examine the powerful role of propaganda in modern political campaigns. The lesson’s even-handed approach clearly demonstrates the pervasive use of logical fallacies and propaganda by candidates and their supporters across the political spectrum. Then, students are challenged to identify patterns in the propagandizing and reasons for those patterns. Through this process, students are able to see past their own personal political preferences to an honest intellectual evaluation of the relative influence of informative and propagandized content in modern elections.
Note: This lesson requires student Internet access.
INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:
• Complete 2-Day Lesson Instructions with additional instructor
• A List of the 15 Most Common Fallacies with Definitions
• Student Instructions
• Student Assignment
• Link to Political Campaign Commercials that Ooze Fallacies
OTHER POWERFUL MEDIA LITERACY LESSONS ARE AVAILABLE HERE:
MOTIVES AND CREDIBILITY IN THE POPULAR PRESS
CREDIBLE SOURCES IN THE MEDIA
MEDIA LITERACY: LOGICAL FALLACIES AS PROPAGANDA IN CURRENT EVENTS
MEDIA LITERACY: FOUR METHODS OF DOUBLESPEAK
FOR OTHER LESSONS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS CONSIDER:
FEDERAL DEFICIT SIMULATION AND ACTIVITY: CAN YOU BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET?
INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT: WHO SHOULD RULE AND WHAT GIVES THEM THE AUTHORITY?
POLITICS OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING: WHY CAN'T WE BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET?
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