Jan 15, 2021 2021-01-15
The Mind Over Media web platform gives students aged 13 and up an opportunity to explore the subject of contemporary propaganda by hosting thousands of examples of 21st-century propaganda from around the world. Users can upload, examine, and discuss examples of propaganda from their daily lives. By examining propaganda, rating its potential impact, and commenting on it, students can share their interpretations with others. Lesson plans deepen learning by offering additional information, structuring discussion activities, and enabling students to demonstrate their learning through multimedia production experiences. When learners explore and contribute to the Mind Over Media website, they will learn to recognize new forms of propaganda in everyday life; practice skills of interpretation and critical analysis; consider how context shapes the way messages are understood; reflect on diverse interpretations of media messages in ways that promote understanding of and respect for others’ perspectives; and shift from passive receivers to critically engaged participants in global public discourse. The lessons are titled “Defining Propaganda,” “Recognizing Propaganda Techniques,” “To Share or Not to Share,” “Where Propaganda Is Found,” “Analyzing Propaganda with Critical Questions,” “Talking Back to Propaganda,” “Keep Learning,” and “Reflect on Propaganda.” These lessons are designed to be used in sequential 45-minute sessions. Teachers can download the complete curriculum with lesson plans and handouts as a PDF file, or they can access the lesson plans as editable Google Docs to customize for learners. Mind Over Media resulted from a collaboration between Renee Hobbs and other members of the Media Education Lab and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.