-Day One: I will share notes about how to evaluate information that we come in
contact with. The materials I will be sharing will come from the book;
Tactics For Thinking by Robert J Marzano and Daisy E. Arredondo. I
will be referencing pages 77-79 which share insights about how to
determine credibility in relation to the information we take in...from all
sources. I will also be sharing the Historical Thinking Chart created by
the Stanford History Education Group. Finally, I will share a summary
wheel that I have created in relation to propaganda.
Following the sharing of notes (I will discuss with students and personalize the notes as I present them), I will discuss with students
how this information might come in handy as we look at past and present
presidential election campaigns.
For day two, I will have each student use the NET to find a presidential
campaign ad...from any campaign...past to present.
-Day Two: I will have each student share their campaign ad with the rest of the class.
While doing this, I will lead students in evaluating what was presented
in relation to the notes provided on day one.
Following presentations, I will have students take a short quiz so that
I am confident they will be able to evaluate the presidential campaigns
that we will be evaluating.
I will have students bookmark the Truman Library Website and I will have
students bookmark NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, FOX, USA Today, etc. media
-Day Three: I will return student quizzes and review again how to evaluate credibility
in the information that we hear, read or view.
Following the short review, I will have students go to the Truman Library
Website. I will highlight several campaign documents that I would like
students to evaluate. I will have students in groups of 3 to 5 take an
article or website source, read it, evaluate it in relation to evaluation of evidence, draw a group consensus in relation to the legitimacy of what was presented. One student in each group will note the group responses. Once each group has completed their evaluations, I will have each group share their conclusions and discuss how the campaign propaganda might have influenced people at that time. I will also have students evaluate how the same information would impact people today.
-Day Four: I will discuss with students what they learned from day three in relation
to presidential campaigns. Then, I will have students choose one of the
bookmarked media websites and find an article or a video to review as a
group (different groups of 3 to 5) in relation to the current campaign taking place. I will have each group process the information in the same format as day 3.
Following the sharing and discussion in relation to propaganda and
campaigns, I will ask each student to write an essay addressing how they
feel they are being impacted by the propaganda utilized in the campaign.
I will also have them address the credibility of what is shared during
-Day Four/Five:I will have students share their essays and discuss the impact that presidential campaigns might have in our lives in the future. I
will allow student questions and interaction following each presentation.
This time will allow for students to generate further learning and further
questions to investigate.
I will then wrap up this lesson by asking students to consider their
responsibility as a citizen of this nation in relation to sorting through
the propaganda to determine credibility.