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Nov 01, 2018 2018-11-01

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Lessons for Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda

The Mind Over Media web platform provides an opportunity for students aged 13 and up 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 the learning by offering additional information, structuring discussion activities, and enabling students to demonstrate their learning through multimedia production experiences. 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 eight 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 in developing educational programming and resources to support the museum’s special exhibition “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.”

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