This inquiry takes students through an analysis and evaluation of the Compelling Question “Is protest important in a democracy?” using the Vietnam War as a lens to approach the topic. To accomplish this, students will become more media literate through evaluating sources, biases, perspectives, and the goals of creating media. Throughout the inquiry, students will engage in activities designed to promote and develop media literacy while analzying the Compelling Question and learning about the historical protests of the Vietnam Era.This inquiry is expected to take two weeks (10 periods) to complete: one 45-minute class period to stage the question, introduce the inquiry, and to review media literacy; two 45-minute class periods for each of the three supporting questions; and then three 45-minute class periods for students to write and research their argumentative thesis. If students are as of yet less familiar with media literacy, the instructor should add at least another class period, or more, introducing them more fully to this.The full unit, along with all materials and resources, is available as a PDF attachment.
History, U.S. History, World History, Social Science, Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Political Science, Sociology
High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
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Molly Berger on Feb 14, 07:11pm

Although written for social studies courses, this unit would also be effective in ELA classes focusing on reading seminal U.S. texts and drawing evidence from multiple sources to write argumentative essays.



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