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Psychological Warfare 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 psychological warfare and how is it carried out? This lesson plan responds to this question with the support of a text lesson. An activity places students in the role of strategists in a mock psychological war.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define ''psychological warfare''
  • List and describe the techniques used in psychological warfare
  • Summarize examples of psychological warfare from across history

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3

Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • 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).

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