Media in Politics Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Are your students aware of how media impacts our government? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to tackle this issue and supplements it with discussion questions, a quiz and an application activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • name and describe the roles media plays in American campaign and election processes
  • identify the role of the media in samples


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.9

Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.


Key Vocabulary

  • Inform
  • Watchdog
  • Platform
  • Public voice
  • Public educator

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Divide students into small groups and ask:
    • What is the source for your news?
    • Where and how do you learn things about the world?
  • After students are finished with these questions, discuss as a whole class briefly; then ask:
    • What media outlets did you use to get information about the last election?
  • As students name their sources, list them on the board. Discuss:
    • Which of these are most reliable?
    • What is the job of news organizations?
    • How much do you trust the news you get from these sources?
    • How much do you think the outcomes of elections are influenced by the media?
  • Tell students they will be learning about the relationship between media and politics.

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