Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda in High School

Renee Hobbs is delighted to meet with students and faculty of the Maria-Ward-Schule in Mainz, Germany. Thanks to teachers Michael Breit, Lioba Rüdell, and Christiane Edelhäuser as well as Gerhard Wiesinger and Kirsten Gerstner of the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt for supporting the visit. 


9.50 AM Introductions and Overview

10 - 10:15 Understanding Conspiracy Theories

10:15 Explore: German students examine the work of American students in #COM416 who share insights on conspiracy theories using Flipgrid

10:30 Time for Reflection: What did you learn? What do you want to learn more about? What questions do you have?

10:45 FOR DISCUSSION: ViDEO: Google Autocomplete Conspiracy 

11:00 AM Discuss: Should conspiracy theories be critically analyzed as part of high school education? Why or why not?

11:20 Wrap up

HOMEWORK: Talk Back & Share: German students talk back to American students using Flipgrid, offering feedback and sharing information and ideas about conspiracy theories 

LEARN MORE: Explore Mind Over Media to analyize contemporary propaganda and learn to recognize when it is beneficial or harmful

FOR TEACHERS: Teach the Conspiracies by Renee Hobbs


Activity: Analyze a Conspiracy Theory