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School District:Harrisburg
Unit of Study Title:Propaganda Technique
Grade Level:6-8
Time Frame:1-2 weeks
Key Words:propaganda, reading, advertisement, campaign and social studies
Unit Designer:Jodi Altenburg
Unit Designer
Date Added:6/14/2002 10:44:51 AM
Date Last Revised:6/14/2002 11:13:05 AM
Topic Area:Communications/Language Arts
Peer Reviewer:Pete.Nielson
Peer Reviewer

Brief Summary of Unit: Students will be exposed to five different propaganda techniques. This lesson will allow students to critique different samples to become better consumers. This lesson involves an activity that allows the students to create their own propaganda advertisement.
Students will Understand: Students will have a better understanding of propaganda techniques and how they influence consumers and elections.

Link to Standards #1

Communications/Language Arts
Students will read at increasing levels of complexity for various purposes.

Indicator:Indicator 1:Students will use various reading cues/strategies to comprehend text, e.g., context, semantic, syntactic, and graphophonic cues.
Indicator 4: Students will access, synthesize, and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

Benchmark(s):1a: use specific cues/strategies to make connections with, predict meaning of, and comprehend information within text.
1c: use prior knowledge and experience to interpret and construct meaning from various texts.
4a: select and use suitable information sources for a variety of purposes, e.g., Internet, CD-ROM, print and video materials, library.
4b: analyze the validity and/or appropriateness of various technical and practical materials.
4c: collect and summarize information to make reasonable and informed decisions.

Other Content Standards:Indicator 4: Students will write to clarify and enhance understanding of information.

4a: use examples from print and electronic sources to support personal interpretations.

Other Components
Essential Questions to Guide this Unit and Focus Teaching and Learning: How can knowledge of commercial propaganda techniques help students become better consumers? How can knowledge of political propaganda help students understand campaign advertisement?
Key Knowledge and Skills Students will Acquire: Students will use background knowledge and experience to comprehend text.
Students will distinguish fact from opinion in newspapers, magazines and other print media.
Students will draw conclusions and make inferences based on explicit and implied information.
Students will use reference tools to retrieve and manage information.
Assessment Plan: Rubistar poster rubric
Beacons Workbook Unit 3 Lesson 3; pp 47-49
Online Star Quiz
Beacons test
Learning Activities: Create an advertisements poster that includes a propaganda technique
Instructor powerpoint presentation
Beacons text reading
Notes:This tends to be a unit that students enjoy. A great opportunity to use technology in the classroom!
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Adapted from the the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. Understanding by
Design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA. 1998.

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