Ch 2: Media in Politics Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to get lesson plans for teaching media in politics to your students. Use these lesson plans to educate your students about different topics relevant to this subject.

Media in Politics Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

If you are a social studies teacher who is preparing to begin lessons on the subject of media in politics, you can use the lesson plans in this chapter to get some great ideas for teaching this subject to your students. Each lesson plan included here will provide you with ideas for lessons and classroom activities on various related topics. You can go through this chapter to get lesson plans on:

  • The definition and techniques of propaganda
  • The definition and history of yellow journalism
  • Political cartoons
  • Media bias

The chapter also includes video lessons on these topics, which you can bring up in your classroom to help your students study this subject.

How It Helps

  • Key vocabulary: Defines key terms that your students will need to know in order to understand media in politics
  • Historical background: Provides the historical backgrounds of the different topics your students will explore
  • Helpful examples: Offers examples of the major topics included here to ensure that your students have an easier time learning about these issues

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning media in politics lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific media in politics topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your social studies class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related media in politics lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important historical and political concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant media in politics-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

22 Lessons in Chapter 2: Media in Politics Lesson Plans
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Propaganda Lesson Plan

1. Propaganda Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to explore the concept of propaganda with your students. Define the term, then guide them in identifying types and techniques used. Finish by allowing students to create their own propaganda.

What is Propaganda? - Definition, Techniques, Types & Examples

2. What is Propaganda? - Definition, Techniques, Types & Examples

Through this lesson, you'll define propaganda and explore some examples. You'll also come to understand how propaganda is used in social and cultural arenas.

Propaganda Project Ideas

3. Propaganda Project Ideas

Teaching your students about propaganda is an important way to help them become critical thinkers. This lesson offers you some ideas for projects that show how and why propaganda matters.

Propaganda Games & Activities

4. Propaganda Games & Activities

A lesson in propaganda can be much more than memorizing techniques and strategies. Read this lesson to learn classroom activities that help bring propaganda to life for your students.

Censorship Discussion Questions

5. Censorship Discussion Questions

Censorship is an important topic to discuss with your middle and high school students. Use these discussion questions to help students engage in conversation surrounding censorship in media and literature and how it relates to the freedom of speech.

What is Yellow Journalism? - Definition, History & Examples

6. 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.

What are Political Cartoons? - History & Analysis

7. What are Political Cartoons? - History & Analysis

Political cartoons have a rich history that is as interesting as the cartoons are visually entertaining. In this lesson, you'll learn how political cartoons have shaped our past and continue to shape our society today, and how to analyze their messages.

Media Bias Lesson Plan

8. Media Bias Lesson Plan

Teaching students the nuances of media bias can be tricky. Use this video lesson to look at types of media bias with examples, then have students apply information with an engaging activity.

Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples

9. 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.

Tabloid Journalism Lesson Plan

10. Tabloid Journalism Lesson Plan

What qualifies as tabloid journalism and where did it come from? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts and a compare and contrast activity to highlight critical points.

Tabloid Journalism: Definition, History & Examples

11. Tabloid Journalism: Definition, History & Examples

The tabloids play a larger role in popular culture and in the publishing industry than many people like to admit. In this lesson, we're going to check out the history of this tradition and see how it got to be the sensation it is today.

Media in Politics Lesson Plan

12. Media in Politics Lesson Plan

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.

Political Socialization Lesson Plan

13. Political Socialization Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about political socialization. Students will answer questions about a text and describe how an individual's political beliefs are formed.

Public Opinion Lesson Plan

14. Public Opinion Lesson Plan

Teach your students what public opinion is, how to measure it, and what sways it with this video-based lesson plan. After the video lesson and discussion, students will conduct their own public opinion project and take a quiz.

How to Make a Political Cartoon Lesson Plan

15. How to Make a Political Cartoon Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will practice thinking of political cartoons as artists as well as political scientists. They will practice making political cartoons that deal with both historic and contemporary events.

Citizen Journalism Lesson Plan

16. Citizen Journalism Lesson Plan

What is citizen journalism and how does it threaten the future of traditional journalism? This lesson plan explores this question using an informative text lesson. An activity gives students hands-on experience with citizen journalism.

What is Citizen Journalism? - Definition & Examples

17. What is Citizen Journalism? - Definition & Examples

From capturing a crisis on tape to sharing a personal essay on a major news outlet, citizen journalism can assume a variety of forms. This lesson defines citizen journalism and talks about some important examples of this rogue style of reporting.

Citizen Journalism: Advantages & Disadvantages

18. Citizen Journalism: Advantages & Disadvantages

Citizen journalism is news reporting done by the public and not journalists. Some major news events have been recorded by citizens who are in the right place at the right time. In this lesson, we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of citizen journalism.

Political Cartoon Lesson Plan

19. Political Cartoon Lesson Plan

We all know that politics can be treacherous! However, teaching students about political cartoons doesn't have to be. simplifies the process with a text lesson that leads students through the selection and analysis of historical political cartoons.

Yellow Journalism Lesson Plan

20. Yellow Journalism Lesson Plan

Show your students that they can't always believe what they read with your instruction on yellow journalism. Instruction is supported with a small group activity that gives students a chance to analyze examples of yellow journalism for themselves. Should you wish to delve into this topic more deeply, consider using the included extensions and related lessons.

Fake News Lesson Plan

21. Fake News Lesson Plan

Use this lesson to help students understand the importance of journalism in today's society. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss the importance of journalism, participate in a short online research activity, and do a fun activity highlighting fake news.

New York Times v. Sullivan Lesson Plan

22. New York Times v. Sullivan Lesson Plan

Understanding the impact of high profile court cases is important. In this lesson plan, students will learn about the New York Times v. Sullivan and create a newspaper headline highlighting the case.

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