Mini-lesson: Presidential Appointments (HS)
Students learn about unilateral presidential appointments, nominations, and the Senate confirmation process in the Media Moment Mini-Lesson. Through this lens, students investigate the role the media plays as a gatekeeper and agenda setter. In the closing activity, students evaluate news coverage of an appointee or executive department of choice over 3 business days to evaluate how coverage evolved and what details were emphasized.
The student will be able to...
Recall two types of presidential appointments
Identify the role of the U.S. Senate during the confirmation process
Explain the media’s role as gatekeeper and agenda setter
Evaluate the media’s role as agenda setter by analyzing news coverage over several days