A Common-Core based activity for helping students get engaged with the presidential campaign while learning to analyze persuasive arguments and identify logical fallacies or misleading propaganda.
During the election this year, the students in my "Language of Propaganda" class are studying misleading propaganda strategies in political ads. They are creating videos that analyze specific ads and then publishing them on the internet. I’m very excited about the project, and I wanted to extend it beyond my own classroom.
In this short activity, students will learn twelve of the most common propaganda strategies and logical fallacies. Each strategy will be briefly described. Then the students will watch a series of eight political ads, four in favor of Mitt Romney and four in favor of Barack Obama. I carefully chose the selected videos to make sure they contained identifiable propaganda techniques. But the goal is for students to take this activity even farther by then searching for their own political campaign ads and analyzing them on their own. The best ads to analyze are the ones put out by super PACs, as they are often more unfair and misleading than the ads put out by the official campaigns.
INCLUDED IN THIS DOWNLOAD:
* A short video intro
* An interactive PREZI presentation that include eight campaign videos from YouTube
* An INTRO overhead that gives background info about political propaganda
* Two graphic organizers to help students analyze ads
* A practice worksheet where the students create their own examples of the twelve propaganda strategies studied here
* A complete teachers guide, including links to Common Core standards
If you're looking for more election-related teaching materials, check out by "In Their Own Words: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney"
I hope your students have a blast with this, and I hope they never look at a political ad the same way again.
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Created by Arik Durfee