Goals for Student Understanding
The State of Deception Propaganda and Media Literacy lesson plans align with recognized content standards.
1. Knowledge: Students will gain knowledge of the history of the Holocaust and the many factors that contributed to it, including the role of propaganda. Students will gain an understanding of the definition of propaganda. They will develop higher level understanding of the techniques propaganda employs and factors that impact the effectiveness of propaganda messages. They will understand that propaganda operates in diverse contexts and continues to affect our society today.
- Students will gain critical thinking skills, learning to analyze propaganda messages. Students will learn to identify the techniques used in propaganda, as well as considering the author, audience, and potential impact and consequences of messages.
- By examining Nazi propaganda messages that were communicated in three distinct contexts (democracy, dictatorship, and war), students will gain an understanding of the impact of context on the effectiveness and potential consequences of propaganda.
3. Reflection: Students will reflect on key questions, such as what propaganda is, what makes people vulnerable to it, and what responsibilities producers and consumers of propaganda bear for its consequences. They will reflect on key themes such as the impact of new technologies, the vulnerability of youth, the prevalence of indifference, and the failure to recognize dangers before it became too late.
4. Application: Students will be able to apply knowledge, skills and reflective thinking during their visit to State of Deception. They will use new strategies for contemplating and analyzing propaganda messages they encounter today. They will create plans to take action to respond to problematic messages and/or hate speech that challenge their communities.