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Below is a sample breakdown of the Mass Media and Politics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||History of American journalism||Timeline of mass media development; the media's role in politics|
|Tuesday||Media information sources||Old and new media types|
|Wednesday||Private and state-controlled media||Differences between privately-owned and government-operated media; propaganda|
|Thursday||Media influence and bias||Media impressions and political attitudes; types of media bias and criticism; prejudicial reporting|
|Friday||The role of media in elections; media rules and regulations||Informant and watchdog roles; The First Amendment; FCC regulations|
1. Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline
The mass media includes print media, broadcast media, social media and other types of communication. This lesson explores the development of the mass media in the United States and its role in the American political process.
2. American Media Information Sources: Definition & Types
Americans use many different sources of media to gain information about the government. This lesson explores American media information sources throughout history and looks at the influence of old and new media.
3. Private vs. State-Controlled Media
This lesson will explore the differences between private and state-controlled media. In doing so it will highlight the 1st Amendment as well as the concept of propaganda.
4. Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes
Most people make their political decisions based on impressions gained from the media. This lesson assesses the effect of media, especially newer forms of media, on the public's political attitudes.
5. Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples
Media bias occurs when a media outlet reports a news story in a partial or prejudiced manner. There are many different types of media bias. This lesson takes a look at the most common types of media bias.
6. The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities
The media play several important roles in the campaign and election processes. This lesson examines the media's function in presidential campaigns and elections and other government activities.
7. Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press, but the government still regulates the media in many ways. This lesson examines the laws, rules and regulations that govern various media outlets.
8. What is Yellow Journalism? - Definition, History & Examples
This lesson will explore the origin of the term yellow journalism and explain how this style of news reporting roused public support and influenced policy decisions.
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