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Level: Grades 5 to 8
Author: This unit was created by James Warkentin as part of a Media Education course taught by John Pungente at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, 1992
This lesson helps students to reflect upon, understand and filter the many media messages within political platforms and around political personalities. Students begin by collecting, and then discussing and deconstructing, examples of campaign materials from a wide range of media. Understanding of the importance of the media in the political process is further developed through a series of activities, including the creation of a school-based election campaign.
Students will be able to:
This unit is designed to be part of a larger unit on Canadian political life and decision making, but could be used separately as well.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.
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