As a fifteen-year veteran teacher, I know that my students are constantly bombarded by “fake news” and may not know how to weed through what comes at them. I also know that they are not always engaged by what we read in the classroom, especially classics like “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell.
This activity will not only teach your students how to recognize popular propaganda techniques, but it will also have them use the techniques. We know that using something is the way to learn it, right?
In this lesson, students will:
• Learn five types of propaganda
• Explore real-world examples of each of those
• Create their own examples
• Apply what they’ve learned to attract visitors to the scary setting of the short story, through creating an ad using propaganda techniques
The lesson should take about one class period to introduce and begin. The amount of class time you allow them to work is up to you, but this could easily be a homework assignment after the first page is completed.
A quick, straightforward grading rubric is included. Tip! Have students evaluate their own work on this rubric before it’s turned in to you.
Videos for student notes not included, but I will happy to share some I’ve found if you need them. Get in touch after purchase if you need to.
Low-tech worksheet and artwork in a high-tech world? Absolutely!
• Feel free to have students create their ad in PowerPoint online or Google Slides.
• Use a tool like Poll Everywhere with student cellphones to have students vote for their favorite, and give an award.
Thanks for supporting a fellow teacher! So glad you stopped by!