The Media

Main Objective

Students will be able to explain the role of the media in reporting on elections.

Additional Objectives

  • explain how the media’s use of agenda setting and agenda cutting influences the outcome of the elections.
  • evaluate the bias presented by some media outlets.
Minute Curriculum
Minute Curriculum
Minute Curriculum


Iowa Core SS.9–12.PSCL.5
Essential Concept and/or Skill: Understand strategies for effective political action that impact local, state, and national governance.
Iowa Core SS.9–12.PSCL.1
Essential Concept and/or Skill: Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the value of lifelong civic action.
Iowa Core RH.11–12.6
Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
Iowa Core RH.11–12.8
Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.