Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2/9/10 Project Alert, Project Alert!!!!!!

Advertisements or commercials inform the public about products they can buy (like cars, shoes or
fireplaces) or services they can pay for (like lawyers, music concerts or cinemas). Public service
announcements (PSAs) instead inform the public about a message or an idea. Some of the most
famous PSAs that might be familiar to students involve campaigns encouraging people to stop
smoking, or to vote for a certain political party. Public service announcements can be effective
because they use traditional advertising techniques in a familiar format.

Are they Controversial? Not necessarily! Some public service announcements express a strong
opinion, or try to encourage people to change their mind about an idea (eg messages about
government policy). Other announcements try to raise awareness (eg environmental issues), raise
money for a charity (eg an AIDS campaign) or encourage better health (eg healthy eating, stopping
smoking or drinking and driving).

I am going to take advantage of your interest—and practice important critical thinking and literacy skills—by having you make and edit your own videos that deal with important social, economic, and political topics in Africa.

First, students will watch examples of online public service announcements (PSAs) and probe the multiple meanings of these video texts by asking challenging, open-ended questions.

You will research your topic in-depth, identifying the causes and effects.

Students use their research and a Persuasion Map tool as a basis for writing scripts for their own PSAs.

You will then create a PSA and use Windows Movie Maker to edit their videos.

Persuasion Map Tool:http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/persuasion_map/


  1. That's cool.

  2. 1. Acording to National Geographic, the Iceman was killed to be a human sacrifice for the gods.
    2. Archeologists belive this to be true because the Iceman's body was found in a trench between the two highest peaks in the Otzal Alps, which was thought to be a place where people made offerings to their gods.
    3. I think the copper ax was left behind because the people who sacrificed the Iceman probably thought he would need it in the afterlife. Just like when a pharaoh died and was buried in a pyramid with all his possesions.
    4. My theory on the Iceman's death is that he was sacrificed to the gods by being shot with an arrow.
    -Taylor Period 2

  3. he died by a nother tribe

  4. he was cool
    greg p5

  5. he esaped from a fight with broken ribe and other ingouries and climbed a mounten and died from hypothermia.

    they found him with broken rib bones

    i think he was carring the weapons for the fight

    my theory is he did something bad at the village so he escaped up the mountain and one of the soldiers chacing him shot him with an arrow.otzi fell on hard rocks and fractured his ribs on the fall.he died

    zach period 5