Are Pop Stars the Best Advocates of Political or Social Awareness?

In this lesson, students will use Justin Bieber’s recent gaffe at the Anne Frank House to debate and explore whether or not pop stars can act in a useful way regarding sensitive social and political issues. They will also consider whether or not pop stars can make decent politicians.

Media

Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Use any or all of the media above to generate a discussion among students about the often problematic relationship between stardom, history and politics. There are also a number of related articles provided at the bottom of this Procedure section. Guide the discussion with questions such as the following:

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, Pop Culture, Social Studies, Tenth, Twelfth

Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan Niall is a professor in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University and holds a Ph.D in Media and Communications. Niall is a well-traveled educator and has taught across the globe from Brazil to the UK. He has also worked in publishing, advertising and information systems in New York City. When he’s not teaching, Niall enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his best friend and dog, Harry.