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 4 of 5)

    GEDB Developing Analytical Reading Skills through a Study of Propaganda (Lesson 4 of 5)

    Overview

    Confronting the Media Today we are looking at some of the major news agencies, in various mediums, and how we can learn to question what we are told and learn to discover truths on our own. The media holds much power in every country, not only ours. It is the “truth” that is repeatedly broadcast to millions of people daily. Sometimes the media is the personal truth of the leader of a country – especially those that are under the rule of a dictator. 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

    Confronting the Media Today we are looking at some of the major news agencies, in various mediums, and how we can learn to question what we are told and learn to discover truths on our own. The media holds much power in every country, not only ours. It is the “truth” that is repeatedly broadcast to millions of people daily. Sometimes the media is the personal truth of the leader of a country – especially those that are under the rule of a dictator.


    Content

    Learning Targets and Criteria for Success

    Students will study issues, collaborate with others, looking for valid reasoning and sound judgement.


    Learning Tasks and Practice

    Students were given a handout at the beginning of this unit of study and have been watching and/or reading news stories produced by the major market media as well as cable news media.  Today, they will use those pieces of personally-collected data to analyze the news stories of the week.

    Using the handout data, students will work in small groups to discuss the top stories and lesser stories for 1) order that information was presented, 2) words used in presentation, 3) emotions revealed by news personalities if watching on television or streaming, 4) bias of news personalities, and 5) if the news person was a news reporting personality or a commentator and how can you tell?


    Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning

     Students will match the various news organizations according to where they believe that organization fits as far as reporting factual information on the News Bar.  Students will cut out the squares for each of the sources that they researched or discussed within their small groups and place each square where they think it belongs on the News Bar (left, right, center).