To understand the process of forming public opinion and the influence that such opinion has on the government.
1 class period
This lesson begins as you read with the class a brief introductory paragraph about public opinion, as well as directions for the activity. Students then read through a series of 20 statements about public opinion and must decide which words in parentheses best complete the sentences. There are two answer choices for each statement. You can choose whether this section will be an assignment, contest, or game for individuals, small groups, or the entire class.
Next, in a section entitled Agencies of Public Opinion, class members are presented with a list of 15 such agencies, including newspapers, political parties, TV, etc.. Students then answer two Thought Questions. For each of these questions, they must choose an agency from the list and explain (in 40-60 words) how it can help people form opinions. This helps to develop critical thinking skills.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.