Examine the seven forms of propaganda found in advertising and politics. Discover the persuasive methods behind the messaging we see every day and gain skills to effectively identify and counter them. A classroom gallery walk challenges students to detect the propaganda techniques at work and evaluate their effectiveness.
Students will be able to:
TEACHER PREP Place each page of the Gallery Walk around the classroom and divide the class into seven groups prior to teaching this lesson. (The groups will be rotating through these during class.)
ANTICIPATE by asking students how they might try to convince someone to do something. (Examples: parents to extend curfew, teacher to postpone a due date, choice of movie with friends, etc.) Ask students if there are any common techniques.
DISTRIBUTE one student packet to each student.
READ through the packet with the class, answering questions or clarifying terms along the way if needed.
DIVIDE students into up to seven small groups to rotate through the Gallery Walk pages.
INSTRUCT students to spend 3-5 minutes at each station and complete the Gallery Walk pages in their student packet. (Tip: use an egg timer to keep track of the pace) If you have time for an 8th station, you can ask the students to stop at the challenge page as well.
REVIEW the answers to the stations.
ASSIGN students to complete the two Activity pages in their packet as review.
CLOSE by asking students to think of all the places these propaganda techniques can be found. (TV, radio, internet, conversations, advertisements, etc.)