LT1 - Stereotypes, Propaganda and Censorship

Stereotypes, Propaganda and Censorship


Step #1 – Stereotypes


Using a print dictionary (just for some old fashioned fun), quote a definition of stereotype:




Also, define bias:




When/where have you encountered these in your life?







Step #2 – Propaganda


Please go to and define the following types of

propaganda IN YOUR OWN WORDS.  If you don’t understand one, come ask Mrs. Bonds or Ms. Buckland for  help!


  1. Name calling:





  1. Glittering generalities:





  1. Euphemisms:





  1. Transfer:





  1. Plain Folks:





  1. Bandwagon:





  1. Fear:




Next, go to Youtube and watch the following list of T.V. ads. Be sure to type in the name exactly as it appears here and pick the video that matches the exact name.  Which types of stereotypes and/or propaganda techniques are being employed by the advertisers and for what effect?  (List & explain all that apply)



“Little Tikes Play Vacuum and Mower” –




“Boston terrier Armstrong flooring ad” –




“Chuck Norris Teaches Some Punks a Lesson! Mountain Dew Ad” –




“Safest Car in America” –




“Tony Roma’s Ribs Seattle Area T.V. Commercial” –










Step #3 – Censorship


According to the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights, Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Granted, this document addresses Congress, not individual entities such as school districts, but we take the Bill of Rights as basic freedoms of all U.S. citizens.  This being said, do you think it is okay that the Federal Way School Board has banned The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from being taught in their high schools?





And about ten years ago there was a challenge to two books taught here at CHS in the 11th grade I.B. English classes, The Death of Artemio Cruz and Song of SolomonOur school board chose to allow these titles as long as alternates were available, thus the teachers had to teach both texts at one time. Is that fair? 





Additionally, please respond to the following questions using complete sentences:


  1. What reasons might be given for the banning or challenging of a book?







  1. Why might it be important for students to read books that explore controversial or sensitive topics?






  1. How might controversial books be used to break down stereotypes or bias?







  1. How might the censorship of books be a form of propaganda?






Please go to .  In their search box, type in 100 most frequently challenged books.  Pick the most recent list. 


Write down any titles you’ve read:





What’s a title that you might be intereste