Author:
Melody Casey
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Middle School
Grade:
8
Tags:
  • GEDB
  • Global Education
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    GEDB Developing Analytical Reading Skills through a Study of Propaganda (Lesson 1 of 5)

    GEDB Developing Analytical Reading Skills through a Study of Propaganda (Lesson 1 of 5)

    Overview

    The unit focuses on non-fiction in multimedia formats. This lesson, Confronting Our Beliefs, allows students to critically access what they accept as truth and what is influenced by personal emotions and opinions. This lesson was developed by Sheila Wood as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.

    Lesson Plan

    Description

    The unit focuses on non-fiction in multimedia formats. This lesson, Confronting Our Beliefs, allows students to critically access what they accept as truth and what is influenced by personal emotions and opinions.


    Content

    Learning Targets and Criteria for Success

    Students will be able to critically access what they accept as truth and what is influenced by personal emotions and opinions.


    Learning Tasks and Practice

    Discuss with a partner about how people act and relate to others in order to try to be popular.  How do people change their behaviors to fit in with a particular group?

    After this, discuss with your group about whether people can be influenced for good as well as for evil and how that might happen.

    • Students will make a T-chart in their notebook and label the left side with “Ways to Use Propaganda Positively” and label the right side with “Ways to Use Propaganda Negatively”
    • When students have finished, they will discuss each of their two lists within their small group.
    • Students will read a play adaptation of the book, The Wave by Todd Strasser found in READ magazine.

    Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning

    • As a ticket out the door, they will write why they believe the rules from The Wave became so powerful.
    • Homework/Writing Assignment:  Was there a time when you changed yourself in some way to try to fit in with a particular group, club, organization, clique, etc.?  What did you do? Did you have to conform to their way of doing things?  Did you have to change your behaviors so that you would fit in better?  Was it a smart move for you?  Explain.