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Propaganda Use In the American Revolution

By Laurie Williams, Katherine Hicks
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"How did propanganda affect events leading up to the American Revolution?"
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Overview

Grade Level: 8

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: History/Social Science
Secondary: Reading, History/Social Science, English/Language Arts, Technology

Topic:
American Revolution

Theme:
Propaganda Use

Duration:
7 days
Summary
Eighth grade students will work in four collaborative groups to answer the essential question of: How did propaganda affect events leading up to the American Revolution and how does the use of propaganda effect our ability to make informed decisions today? The four groups will collect data and conduct web research. As culminating projects, the groups will put on a Power Point presentation focusing on their assigned topic as well as create a product showing the use of propaganda in today's world. In the process they will educate their audience on how to be sensitive to the use of propaganda.

Rationale
Students in our eighth grade are easily influenced by the use of propaganda, particularly on television. They need to be aware that propaganda is not only used by marketers to sell products, but is used heavily in the political arena as well. In the process, the students will gain the skills to see examples of propaganda and be able to decipher its hidden agenda.