Skittles, Deplorables and "All Lives Matter": Leadership and Media Literacy

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  9 -  10
Estimated completion time:
 2.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Common Core, ISTE-NETS
Subject Area:
 Character Education, Civics & Government, Government

In this activity, students will learn about leadership and rhetorical styles, including argument, persuasion and propaganda as it pertains to public political discourse. They will analyze political commentary, develop critical thinking and media literacy skills. They will learn how to differentiate among types of rhetorical strategies employed in political communication and social media. They will also develop their own contributions to the political debate using social media.

This activity was developed in cooperation with After School Matters.

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