Mini-lesson: Pardon Power (HS)
This Media Moment Mini-lesson teaches about presidential pardons, commutations, and the limitations on these powers. By looking at a popular meme appearing in June 2018 about former President Barack Obama’s pardons, students learn about fact-checking websites and how to conduct an independent web search to verify a claim. The activity walks students through the process of fact-checking a claim of choice.
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The student will be able to...
- Identify the source of the president’s pardon power and its limitations
- Explain why presidents grant pardons
- Define commutation
- Analyze false claims
- Use a variety of strategies to verify information and/or images