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Digital Unit Plan Template Unit Title: Media & Politics Content Area: Social Studies (American Government

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CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):

Name: Emily Renner Grade Level: 12

12.8 Students evaluate and take and defend positions on the influence of the media on American political life. 12.8.1. Performance Standard: Discuss the meaning and importance of a free and responsible press. 12.8.2. Performance Standard: Describe the roles of broadcast, print, and electronic media, including the Internet, as means of communication in American politics. 12.8.3. Performance Standard: Explain how public officials use the media to communicate with the citizenry and to shape public opinion
Big Ideas:

What does it mean to have freedom of the press? How does media bias/spin impact the way we view political events? What is media’s role today? Unit Goals and Objectives: Students will assess the relationship between mass media and politics. Understand the meaning and importance of a free and responsible press. Evaluate, take and defend positions on the influence of media in American political life.
Unit Summary:

This unit is designed to prepare students to think critically of the relationship between media and the American government. Students will benefit in academics and life from the themes and lessons in this unit. Being able to identify spin, bias and framing, as well as being able to form opinions and defend them are all skills that students can utilize for the rest of their lives. This unit also requires that students learn to respect others with viewpoints different from their own. By preparing the students in this way, this unit better enables them to be active participants in our democracy.
Assessment Plan:

Entry-Level:

Formative:

Summative:

Prior knowledge Mind Map

Think-Pair-Share Exit Ticket Flashcards Journal/Reflection
Acceptable Evidence: Completed homework Ability to utilize key terms in class discussion Instructional Strategies: ☒ Communication ☒ Collection ☒ Collaboration ☐ Presentation ☒ Organization ☒ Interaction Instructional Strategies: ☒ Communication ☐ Collection ☒ Collaboration ☐ Presentation ☐ Organization ☒ Interaction Instructional Strategies: ☒ Communication ☒ Collection ☐ Collaboration ☒ Presentation ☒ Organization ☒ Interaction
Lesson Activities:

Socratic Graded Discussion Class Debate

Lesson 1 Student Learning Objective: Grasp key concepts and terms of media and politics.

Students will go over their homework (accessing prior knowledge) and then a quick class discussion to see where the class stands as a whole. There is the opportunity here to re-teach any concepts that they may have trouble with. Followed by a short lecture with guided notes, to ensure that they understand key concepts and terminology for this unit.

Lesson 2 Student Learning Objective: Think critically about key interactions between media and politics. Acceptable Evidence: Think-Pair-Share discussion Exit ticket
Lesson Activities: Review last class’s key concepts by asking probing questions. Then think -pairshare activity. Which flows into a class discussion, looking for critical thinking. The students will then write a paragraph response to the question “Does media have too much control over the political discourse of the country?”.

Lesson 3 Student Learning Objective: Take a position and defend it in a debate. Acceptable Evidence: Student supports opinion with facts/evidence.
Lesson Activities: We will review student webercise activity, reinforcing key concepts. The students will be given time to complete debate graphic organizer activity research with computers. Students will conclude by having in class debate utilizing their graphic organizers.

Unit Resources:

http://www.foxnews.com/ http://www.bbc.com/news/world/us_and_canada/ http://www.nbcnews.com/ http://america.aljazeera.com/ http://amergovernment.weebly.com/lessons.html
Useful Websites:

https://tioki.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/Love.Cassandra.LessonPlan_d52e2bab0cff34ee83d1e351b2179f75.pdf?1366226099 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/politics/vote2008_internet.html http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/politics/vote2012/socialmedia_advertising_elections2012_1-10.html