The Mind Over Mediaweb 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.”
Part of the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University, the Declaration Resources Project supports teaching and learning about, and ongoing engagement with, the Declaration of Independence. One of the resources in development is Portrait of a Tyrant, a six-episode adventure game for students to learn about the Declaration of Independence, its historical context and contemporary relevance.
Could there be ghosts trapped in the basement of the SmithsonianNational Museum of American History? With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, Museum Curator Isabella Wagner needs students’ help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War.
September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the day in 1787when, at the end of a long, hot summer of discussion, debate, and deliberation, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed America’s most important document.