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Media and American Democracy

Lessons in Media and American Democracy are each designed for a 45-minute class period in journalism, English, civics, social studies, or government classrooms. They explore such constitutional issues as the First Amendment’s protection of speech and press, prior restraint, and right to know versus national security. Media and American Democracy will help teachers find effective ways to use the First Amendment, press-related debate, and the daily news to capture the imaginations of their students and inspire engagement, citizenship, and the belief that all of us have the responsibility to participate.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………. i
Bill of Rights Institute Councils………………………………………………………..ii
Preface……………………………………………………………………………………..iii
The Bill of Rights………………………………………………………………………..iv

Equal Time…………………………………………………………………………………..1

UNIT ONE: MEDIA RIGHTS, ROLES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Lesson 1: Expression and Students…………………………………………………………….19
Lesson 2: Public Policy and the Press……………………………………………………………31
Lesson 3: Got Facts? Or Fiction?………………………………………………………………39

UNIT TWO: THE MEDIA AND NATIONAL SECURITY
Lesson 1: Clear and Present Danger…………………………………………………………….49
Lesson 2: Government and Prior Restraint………………………………………………………..63

UNIT THREE: THE MEDIA AND OBJECTIVITY
Lesson 1: Ethics and the Media…………………………………………………………………..73
Lesson 2: Bias and Recognizing It……………………………………………………………..81
Lesson 3: Reading in a New Way……………………………………………………………………89

UNIT FOUR: THE MEDIA AND POLITICS
Lesson 1: Argument through Logic and Emotion…………………………………………………..97
Lesson 2: Propaganda and Presidential Election……………………………………………………103
Lesson 3: Images and Selling Ideas………………………………………………………………….111
Lesson 4: Voice: What Is Said and Not Said…………………………………………………………117

UNIT FIVE: THE MEDIA AND THE FUTURE
Lesson 1: The Bill of Rights and Fahrenheit 451…………………………………………………..127
Lesson 2: Myth and the Media…………………………………………………………………….133
Lesson 3: Blogs and Mainstream Media……………………………………………………………145

Answer Key…………………………………………………………………………………………….155
A Note on Standards………………………………………………………………………………….164
Transparency Master A: The First Amendment………………………………………………….165
Glossary of Journalism Terms ……………………………………………………………………166
Glossary of Propaganda Terms …………………………………………………………………….168
Glossary of Rhetorical Devices…………………………………………………………………….170
Landmark Supreme Court Cases …………………………………………………………………….172
Media Milestones Timeline……………………………………………………………………………….175
Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics…………………………………………………..177
Web Site Evaluation……………………………………………………………………………………….179

 
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