MediaWise is a nonprofit, nonpartisan project from the Poynter Institute empowering people of all ages to be more critical consumers of content online. The program teaches young people nationwide key digital literacy skills to spot misinformation and disinformation so they can make decisions based on facts, not fiction. More than half of the students participating in the program come from underserved or low-income communities. The program includes the following components: (1) Curriculum: The Stanford History Education Group has developed a free middle school and high school curriculum called “Civic Online Reasoning.” (2) In-Person Teaching: MediaWise team members host in-person events at schools nationwide. (3) Teen Fact-Checking Network: Dozens of teens from across America work with MediaWise virtually to fact-check content online. (4) Ambassadors: Prominent journalists and social media influencers help to spread the word. The work of MediaWise has been seen on social media by more than 5 million viewers, and with the launch of the MediaWise Voter Project (#MVP), the audience has expanded to include young voters heading to the polls for the first time in 2020.
Plus: Poynter’s News University has curated an array of freevirtual resources to assist teachers as they migrate to an online teaching/learning environment. These just-in-time supplements will enhance any virtual curriculum. Poynter faculty and staff are also available for drop-in virtual teaching.
In this ReadWriteThink lesson, students read or view a literary text, and then identify and discuss examples of propaganda techniques in the text. Students then explore the use of propaganda in popular culture by looking at examples in the media.
PBS affiliate WETA has made available a list of propaganda techniques that make false connections (such as the techniques of “transfer” and “testimonial”), or constitute special appeals (such as “bandwagon” and “fear”), or are types of logical fallacy (for example, “unwarranted extrapolation”).
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.