Mini-lesson: Succession (HS)

Lesson Plan


In the opening activity, students are challenged to create a succession plan for their school principal. The class then reviews the official presidential line of succession and reads about its origins. Students learn how to detect satire by examining stories about Vice President Mike Pence’s supposed sights on the presidency. The closing activity of this Media Moment Mini-lesson offers the opportunity to practice these new skills by answering a series of questions about an article that students suspect to be satirical.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The student will be able to...

  • Recall the order and purpose for the presidential line of succession

  • Define satire

  • Analyze a story for characteristics of satire • Distinguish satire from news