A lesson and powerpoint in which students will evaluate the role the media and celebrities play into our ideas of civic engagement and voting while asking the question if duty outweigh the uninformed vote


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Civics Civic Education Media Literacy



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-06-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource provides students with the opportunity to actively think about the importance of having informed citizens in the voting process. Students participate in a guided discussion that is aided by a PowerPoint presentation that is filled with relevant charts, images, and content. The lesson plan includes an overview as well as detailed procedures for how a teacher can lead the discussion. It should be noted that the presentation includes youtube links that should be checked prior to use in the classroom.
Dan Barnes
June 18, 2011

Your lesson plan was very precise. I like the strong organization and step-by-step approach you used in the activity section. The details help the teacher formulate and remember the exact questions needed to guide the discussion. I like the PowerPoint presentation; however I experienced technical difficulties when attempting to view the embedded video. I speak from experience when I say the use of digital technology in teaching can make for awkward moments in front of the class when it does not work as planned.

Steven Johnson
June 17, 2011

As I begin my reflection, I feel that I must start by telling you how much I enjoyed reading your extremely relevant and meaningful lesson plan! Ah, civic education and the uninformed voter! What a great lesson plan that has so many progressive elements of which promote student civic education, dialogue, and responsibility through the course of the controversial discussion methods that you have chosen. Additionally, I think that the teaching procedure that you have described encourages the continual development of student higher order thinking abilities that they so critically need as actively participating citizens in our society. You have also created a very visually engaging yet, a succinct and objective PowerPoint presentation that I feel really gets at the heart of what you are teaching your students. I was also pleased by your think-pair-share activity, being that I am a huge advocate in favor of cooperative learning strategies; and your implementation of media literacy procedures provides your students with a very insightful and thought provoking perspective on the influences the media has on our society as you have correlated them with perspectives we have been introduced to from Dr. Washington’s class. As with the other reflections I’ve made thus far, the only respectful, friendly suggestions I might make to enhance your incredible lesson plan kind of play off of what Stephanie was saying in her reflection. That you may want to act as the devil’s advocate during the think-pair-share activity and have your students either collectively or individually develop methods of which they feel are most effective to increase their individual levels of civic engagement in their own communities. Just a thought. All things considered, I think you did an incredible job and I intend on stealing your lesson plan to use it as a constructive and valuable resource for my prospective teaching positions.

Stephanie Slota
June 17, 2011

It is important to vote, but it is important to be informed when you vote. I like how you connected many of the ideas from the Starstruck from Dr. W.’s class (and that Paris Hilton snuck her way into your presentation, sheesh!) But also it’s important to steer our kids away from the celebrity sites and guide them to the most unbiased information we can find—no easy task, but something like Project Vote Smart. And showing our kids where to find the candidate’s websites or the videos of the debates, so that they can see the candidate for what they are portraying themselves as, also, without third-party commentary. Maybe you as the teacher can add your own suggestions after the think-pair-share activity to show students how to become informed voters. Great job!

Tully Clark
June 16, 2011

This is an excellent and very relevant topic. Your incorporation of media into the lesson is great. As we have discussed throughout this class, getting our students to become civically involved (especially getting informed about important issues and voting) is very much tied up in media literacy. I really like the critical thinking questions you use throughout your powerpoint presentation and that you would plan to discuss with students. I really like your use of the think-pair-share at the end. I think there is potential to turn this into a longer lesson, could span several days and perhaps could have a more lasting impact on students if they were required to do more of a formal assessment. I would definitely use this lesson in my classroom-great job!

Amy Erdman
June 16, 2011

I think that voter turnout is an excellent topic to teach students about--from the second I walked into my 12th grade government class, until the second I walked out of it--the most important thing my teacher stressed was VOTING! She went insofar as to make an in class assignment be registering to vote...she took up our applications and sent them in for us. It is so important to stress to students the necessity of making your voice heard, especially in such a great democracy as America. I think that you hit a homerun with the incorporation of media...media literacy definitely appears to be a main priority in this lesson as well. The only thing that could have made this lesson stronger was a most substantial and definite assessment portion. Other than that, its a great idea, and I really like how you brought in the influence of celebrities--students will definitely be able to relate and find a common ground.

Liz Raasch
June 15, 2011

Hey! So with all the other comments I've given, this will be while going through the lesson, step by step, so I don't miss any thing. Also, this might sound like train of thought, so bear with me :)

Your lesson premise is a really great observation! We've always been told that young people do not vote as much as their 60s counterparts, but the ones who do may not be as politically informed. Rock the Vote and other such organizations are great, but we also need to inform our youth (silly sounding because we are technically still considered youth). A discussion is a great way to ask students about their civic duty, what better way to instill the purpose of voting than to talk about the purpose of voting! I like the questions that came with your powerpoint so that students are forced to participated (and have to turn in the answers!)

I will be taking this lesson, great job!

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