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This seminar will challenge you to think about ways in which the media taps into your mind for social and political reasons. In the social realm, the media appears to be your friend, linking you to friends (and even strangers) with like-minded interests. In politics, the media pushes and pulls you in different directions, trying to bend your beliefs or reinforce them by any means necessary. It’s important to know the strategies involved, as well as the dangers that come along with the media’s influence on our personal and political lives. In this seminar, you will learn about ways in which the media tries to persuade you with specific strategies (especially in political ads or commercial advertising). Later in the seminar, you’ll get a chance to use those strategies to “sell” a particular idea or product. Also, this seminar will show you some of the dangers in the media, enlightening you about your online identity and social capital.StandardsCC.1.2.9-10.DDetermine an author’s particular point of view and analyze how rhetoric advances the point of view.CC.1.2.9-10.HDelineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing the validity of reasoning and relevance of evidence.CC.1.2.9-10.FAnalyze how words and phrases shape meaning and tone in texts.
English Language Arts
High School
Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
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