Mini-lesson: Presidential Appointments (HS)

Lesson Plan


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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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