Topic 2

The Development of United States Government

The critical media literacy activities in this section connect to the seminal documents and events of the American Revolutionary Era, including the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, the debates between Federalists and Anti-Federalists, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There is also a Critical Media Literacy digital choice on the development of American Government.

Focusing on the historical development of United States Government - an essential area of investigation and exploration in government, civics, and history classes in elementary, middle, and high schools  - each of the media literacy activities in this section of the book connect the past to issues society faces today - the meaning of independence in an era of social media; the role of government in regulating self-driving automobile technology; the persistence of racism toward Black Americans from the Constitutional Convention to today; the nature of political debates and discourse in American politics; and the current relevance of the Bill of Rights to our lives as members of a democracy.

Media Literacy Activities Choice Board

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The Development of the U.S. Government: Media Literacy Activities Choice Board (view)
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Declarations of Independence on Social MediaMedia Marketing and Government Regulation of Self-Driving Cars and Electric Vehicles Representations of and Racism Toward Black Americans in the Media Political Debates Through Songs from Hamilton: An American Musical Bill of Rights on Twitter

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