Lesson Plans

News, Perspective, Bias – Advanced

Through the lens of the Boston Massacre, students think critically about presenter bias and confirmation bias and understand how they can influence public perception. Next, students compare and contrast contemporary news stories presented by different outlets and reflect on the importance of recognizing bias and taking multiple perspectives into account when reviewing stories and drawing…

The Immigrant: Acquisition or Detriment?

Investigate historical and contemporary pros and cons of immigration and reflect on your own views of the issue. Access lesson

Biggest Business in the World

Analyze an historical presidential campaign ad and reflect on political promises and pledges that you value. Access lesson

Concerning the American Girl

Reflect on women’s rights through an examination of “ideals of womanhood” over time. Access lesson

I won’t stand for segregation

Analyze primary sources to investigate the story of Sister Rosa, then compare how contemporary culture has characterized her and add your own lyrical tribute. Access lesson

Party Factions

Investigate the effect of party factions on the 1880 U.S. presidential election, then compare and contrast that to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Are there any parallels to today? Access lesson

Politics: Everybody’s Doing It!

Explore how cartoons have been used historically to comment on politics, then try your hand at political commentary. Access lesson

Perspectives: Strong-Weak Government

Explore historical and contemporary issues presented in political cartoons and consider why it is important to consider different perspectives when investigating issues. Access lesson

States of the Union

Compare and contrast key words and themes from presidential State of the Union addresses and then consider what themes do you think should be emphasized in the next State of the Union address. Access lesson

Presenting Party Platforms

Compare and contrast presidential party platforms and consider how the presentation of information can affect the electorate. Access lesson