Click on images below to view artifacts for each presidential candidate. These "political cartoons" were prepared by students at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Hunterdon, NJ.  Students were inspired by the Propaganda Lesson Plan and Rubric created for CongressLink by 12th grade student Sujay Pandit.  (Teacher, Florence McGinn.)

Lesson Objectives

Sir Gore and the Dragon

Sir Bush and the Dragon

Paintings Adapted by Sujay Pandit from
Saint George and the Dragon, c. 1506 - Raphael

Lesson Activity Objectives:

As the first election of the new millennium approaches, voting, a symbolic act, becomes more representative of the freedom of US citizens to deliberate and influence the outcome of an election. The Constitution of the United States originally endowed the right to vote to property-owning white men. Alterations to the Constitution soon allowed women, African-Americans, and eventually all people over the age of 18 to participate in this patriotic display of one's beliefs.

However, since the initiation of this powerful tool, media, society, and politicians began to introduce voters to political propaganda, which influenced people's decisions on who to choose for their local, state and federal governmental positions. This lesson enables students to uncover different types of political propaganda created from the beginnings of a democratic government to the present day. Students will explore and analyze what effects political propaganda has on voter decisions and election outcomes.

Students will be able to define the complex strands of the word propaganda. They will identify propaganda usage during an election process and synthesize propaganda material to produce a literary piece or an artifact incorporating propaganda techniques. Usage of Congressional elements such as the United States Constitution, Congressional Leadership Statements, and Case Histories of Congressional Officials will be crucial.

The particular activity was used in conjunction with the lesson plan "Affecting the Outcome" and served to show student cognizance of the terms propaganda and subliminal messaging in an election. English teacher/mentor, Mrs. Florence McGinn facilitated the production of the artifacts and accompanying materials for this website.

Myth of Saint George and the Dragon

Adapted by Sujay Pandit for use in conjunction with lesson entitled, "Affecting the Outcome: Election Propaganda."

The best known form of the legend of St. George and the Dragon is that made popular by the "Legenda Aurea," and translated into English by Caxton. According to this, a terrible dragon had ravaged the country Libya, especially the city Selena, making its lair in a marshy swamp. Its breath caused pestilence whenever it approached the town, so the people gave the monster two sheep every day to satisfy its hunger, but, when the sheep failed, a human victim was necessary and lots were drawn in order to select the victim. On one occasion the lot fell to the king's little daughter. The king offered all his wealth to purchase a substitute, but the people had pledged themselves that no substitutes should be allowed, and so the maiden, dressed as a bride, was led to the marsh.

There, St. George happened to ride by, and asked the maiden why she was being sacrificed, but she told him to leave her otherwise he would also perish. The good knight stayed, however, and, when the dragon appeared, St. George, making the sign of the cross, bravely attacked it and transfixed it with his lance. Then asking the maiden for her girdle (an incident in the story which may possibly have something to do with St. George's selection as patron of the Order of the Garter), he placed it around the neck of the monster, and thereupon the princess was able to lead it like a lamb.

They returned to the city, where St. George informed the people not to fear of the dragon, but to become baptized, after which he cut off the dragon's head, and the townsfolk were all converted to Christianity. The king was prepared to give George half his kingdom, but the saint replied that he must ride on. Before he left, he told the king to take good care of God's churches, honor the clergy, and have pity on the poor.

WORKS REFERENCED

Campbell, Joseph. The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Princeton University Press,
Princeton, NJ.1973.

"Saint George and the Dragon."<http://www.theosophy.org.nz/stgeorge.htm>.
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"Saint George and the Dragon." On-line Catholic Encyclopedia
<http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06453a.htm>. September 12, 2000.