Lesson Plan: Is All Press Positive?
Analyzing Media and Propaganda about Muslims in Post 9/11 America
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Subjects: Civics, Current Events, Language Arts, Media Studies
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.
- 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
- Warm-up/Conversation Starters
- Questions for Class Discussion
- Class Project
- 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.
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.”
- 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.
- Geography Standard 10: Understands the nature and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics.
stereotypes, media bias, Islamophobia, 9/11, Islam, Muslim, propaganda
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