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Return to Presidential election: Teachable moment 

Election lesson plan | Campaign ad critique

Subjects

Language Arts
Civics
Current Events

Grades

6-8
9-11

 

Brief description

Students gain media literacy and an understanding of how
the media helps decide who gets elected to office.

Objectives

Students analyze current campaign TV ads and literature. They identify the ad by "type." They learn to look beyond the ad to understand its intended purposes and its real content.

Keywords

election, campaign, advertisement, media literacy, president, critical thinking, citizenship

Materials Needed

A variety of print and TV (video) campaign ads (many of which can be found online, perhaps at YouTube)

Lesson plan

Access lesson plans that help students analyze campaign ads. Examples include:

Analyzing news in the media
Focus on political ads featuring children

Assessment

Students write a paragraph analyzing one of a group of ads.

Lesson plan source

Education World

 

 

 

Updated 02/28/2016

 

 

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