On January 6, 2021, the nation witnessed a grave breach of its democratic traditions. For the first time in American history, supporters of the losing presidential candidate forcibly disrupted the official counting of electoral votes. PBS NewsHour Extra has provided a classroom resource that includes three activities to teach about the breach of the US Capitol. Activity One presents warm-up and focus questions to stimulate classroom discussion. A PBS NewsHour video of the event is available to download and view; a transcript of the video is also available. Activity Two provides an opportunity to build students’ media literacy. The activity asks students to compare two photos—one from a Black Lives Matter protest in 2016 and the other from the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol—and then to read the photo captions. Activity Three has students watch videos of President Trump and President-elect Biden commenting on the event and then discuss a set of question prompts.
Plus: Pear Deck has teamed up with PBS NewsHour Extra to provide free, ready-to-teach lessons on the events affecting our world today. Each week teachers will find a Deck made for middle school and high school learners on a current events topic, complete with thought-provoking interactive questions and embedded videos from reliable sources. Teachers can also access Pear Deck slides based on the lesson related to the insurrection at the US Capitol.
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.