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A lesson that looks at the powers of Congress, as defined by the constitution, and how the media perceives what powers Congress has. This will be done through viewing media, such as online articles, videos, and political cartoons. We will compare and contrast the perception and what the constitution says. It also includes alternative suggestions to the "official" lesson.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2013-11-29.
I really like getting the kids started on the basics of the lesson by using some kind of current event article that many of them would care about, the Miami Heat article in this particular case. I also love that you gives a bunch of different possible web sources for your lesson, not just limiting it to a few or not giving specific examples at all. Being aware of bias is always an important lesson for students, but this takes it one step further and gets students to look at that bias in regards to a specific topic--what the legislative branch does. Overall, a very nice job Craiggery!
This lesson plan contains many elements that would contribute to the students successfully analyzing how the media can portray any topic in general, not just our government. I loved your worksheet idea about the Big 3 from the Miami Heat because it is a topic that is presently relevant to the students. However, I would also suggest that you consider a topic that may be more universal to the students because if they are not fans of basketball, then they may be less inclined to understand the media analysis. Other than that, the incorporation of the Youtube videos (especially the one about healthcare) are very relevant to your topic and accurately portray the message that you are trying to convey to your students. I know how the mass media loves to stir up a hornet's nest and evoke emotionalism from its viewers, which can sometimes alter or slander their views of what the truth actually is, especially in the powers of the government. Great job Craig!
This is a strong lesson that uses a lot of different instructional approaches, such as YouTube videos, graphic organizers, and so forth, in order to reach kids at different ability levels and learning styles. I loved the videos and I think the kids will get into them too (if they don't, there's always Trashketball!) Eric pretty much took the words right out of my mouth - the only suggestion I could make would be to 'tighten up' the lesson, as he put it, and narrow the scope a bit.
Craig, I really enjoyed reading through your lesson plan, you had a lot of good ideas in it! I like how you open the lesson with a discussion bellringer, you have them immediately exercising a degree of skepticism about perception in the media. All too often students believe what they see on TV and take it for face value, so it is a good idea to get them thinking about how they perceive media and questioning it. My only suggestion for constructive criticism is tightening up the lesson a wee bit and making it more focused. You said "we will read the constitution", I think you need to go in and pick specific parts out prior to the lesson so you don't have kids' minds wandering while the constitution is being read word for word. Other than that, great job!
I think this is an interesting topic and like the way the lesson plan begins. I thought a discussion on the perception of Miami's "Big 3" is a good introduction to this lesson. I like that time is taken to discuss the roles of the three branches of government. The issues I have with this lesson plan regard the role of the media and the idea of being misinformed. To understand issues such as Barack Obama's recent immigration ruling (which was an amazing thing to do, regardless of the fact it came 5 months before the election) requires students to study past U.S. legal decisions that are not contained in the constitution. The constitution is a great document, but as we have seen in the 200 years of the U.S., decisions and laws have been created due to different interpretations of the constitution. To analyze current events without knowing past history may be an issue.