Lesson Plans

Does the Camera Ever Lie?

Students do a close reading of an historical newspaper article to analyze the evidence presented as evidence of its argument. After, students search for contemporary examples of how cameras can lie and consider what that means for consumers of visual media.

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Perspectives: Strong-Weak Government

Students explore historical and contemporary issues presented in political cartoons and consider why it is important to consider different perspectives when investigating issues.

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Presenting Party Platforms

Students compare and contrast presidential party platforms and consider how the presentation of information can affect the electorate.

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Journalists and a Free Press

Students learn about the crucial role journalists and reporters play in keeping the citizens in a democratic society informed about their community, the nation, and the world. First, students are introduced to the notion of “freedom of the press” from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and discuss the role of journalists in reporting…

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