Lesson Plan: Is All Press Positive?
Analyzing Media and Propaganda about Muslims in Post 9/11 America

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Grades : 6-12

Subjects : Civics, Current Events, Language Arts, Media Studies

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will examine and evaluate the role of the media in depicting Muslims and Islam in post 9/11 America by comparing oral history perspectives and examples from current media.

Materials Needed

  • This Is Where I Need To Be -- Chapters 4, 7, 8, 9, 13, and 16 connect most strongly to this lesson.
  • Old issues of news magazines such as Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report and/or newspapers.
  • Reproducible: “ Tabs on the Media

Activities and Procedures

  1. Warm-up/Conversation Starters
  2. Questions for Class Discussion
  3. Class Project
  4. Homework or Long-term Assignments


Teacher evaluation of classroom participation. Teachers may wish to develop additional rubrics and measures for class projects and longer-term assignments.

National Standards

These academic standards are drawn from the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning’s “Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education: 3rd and 4th Editions.”

Grades 6-8

  • Civics Standard 19: Understands what is meant by "the public agenda," how it is set, and how it is influenced by public opinion and the media.
  • Geography Standard 13: Understands the forces of cooperation and conflict that shape the divisions of Earth's surface.
  • Language Arts Standard 1: Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
  • Language Arts Standard 7: Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies for reading a variety of informational texts.

Grades 9-12

  • Geography Standard 10: Understands the nature and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics.

Key Terms

stereotypes, media bias, Islamophobia, 9/11, Islam, Muslim, propaganda

Related Resources

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