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Detecting Propaganda

Want to outsmart persuasive messages and propaganda? These tools and activities reveal techniques that governments, advertisers, political groups and others use to create manipulative media.

  • Poster/Activity

    Weed Out Propaganda

    A bold digital poster outlines a simple acronym — S.E.E.D. — to help students learn to spot propaganda by recognizing four of its key techniques.

  • Activity

    Evaluating Election Ads

    In this activity, students examine some of the techniques political campaigns use in ads to persuade voters.

  • Artifacts

    Propaganda Through History: Analyzing Historical Sources

    In the battle for hearts and minds, propaganda has always played an essential role. In this activity, students use the E.S.C.A.P.E. strategy to closely analyze a historical source, shedding light on how propaganda has evolved and drawing comparisons to today’s manipulative media messages.


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