This unit will be covering Civic Engagement and Influencing the government- the responsibilities and obligations of citizens, how media and interest groups influence the public sphere and government.
We will be covering three Florida State Standards this unit. They have been broken down into smaller categories and clarifications that we will be studying:
- SS.7.C.2.10: Examine the impact of media, individuals, and interest groups on monitoring and influencing government.
- Students will identify the methods used by interest groups to monitor and/or influence the government.
- Students will identify the methods used by the media to monitor and/or influence the government.
- Students will evaluate the impact of media, individuals, and interest groups on the government.
- Students will identify and evaluate methods of influencing and/or monitoring government.
- SS.7.C.2.11: Analyze media and political communications (bias, symbolism, propaganda).
- Students will use scenarios to identify bias, symbolism, and propaganda.
- Students will evaluate how bias, symbolism, and propaganda can impact public opinion.
- SS.7.C.2.13: Examine multiple perspectives on public and current issues.
- Students will identify groups that influence public perspectives.
- Students will use scenarios to understand the reaction or perspective of different groups.
- Students will examine how multiple perspectives shape participation in the political process.
Unit Essential Question: How do media, individuals, and interest groups monitor and influence society and government?
Lesson Essential Questions:
- What methods do individuals, the media, and interest groups use to monitor the government?
- What methods do they use to influence the government?
- What types of communication techniques and methods are used in the media and political communication?
- How can these techniques impact public opinion?
- What are some multiple perspectives on current issues?
- How might these perspectives impact participation in the political process?