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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System

Indicator 1. Analyze the influence of individuals and groups on shaping public policy

Objective a. Analyze the influence of the media on political life

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Direct the students to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper from early U.S. history critiquing the paper’s coverage of an event (such as the Amistad revolt). In the letter, be sure students explain how the newspaper’s subjective coverage of the event might adversely impact public opinion and public policy.