Mass Media Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is mass media and how does it factor into everyday life? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to outline key ideas for students. An activity asks students to compare and contrast different mass media outlets.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define mass media
  • list and explain the different types of mass media
  • discuss the pros and cons of mass media in terms of its influence on people


45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.


  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson
  • A recent newspaper article on a current event
  • Audio from a radio broadcast about the same current event
  • Video of a television report on the same current event
  • An Internet resource on the same current event


  • Begin by asking the students to share the sources they use to receive news on current events.
    • How many different sources were listed?
    • How are they similar? Different?
  • Play the video lesson What Is Mass Media? - Definition, Types, Influence & Examples for the class, pausing it at 0:55.
    • What is mass media?
    • Do each of the sources of news mentioned in class align with the concept of mass media? Why or why not?
  • Play the video lesson again, pausing it this time at 2:10.
    • Which type of mass media was the first on the scene?
    • What replaced the newspaper as the main source of news?
    • Which type of mass media overtook the radio as a main source for news and information?
    • How has the Internet changed mass media?
  • Play the video lesson. Pause it at 3:57.
    • How does the mass media influence people?
    • What are some positive influences of mass media?
    • Are there any negative influences of mass media?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class.
    • How has mass media influenced your life?
  • Distribute the worksheet to the class, one to each student.
  • Have students work independently to complete the worksheet using what they learned about mass media in the video lesson.
  • When all students have completed the worksheet, review the questions and answers in an open class discussion with students defending their answer choices.

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