Assignment: Public Service Announcement
Create a short public service announcement about a topic of your choice.
This could be set in a historic period (e.g. about rationing in WW2 Britain), or modern (the importance of voter registration or sexual health awareness). The aim is to persuade people to act in a specific way.
You can do this using an on-screen presenter, or completely with voice-over.
Intersperse the presentation with still images and video if appropriate. You could do this as a studio presentation or lecture, and display the images on a screen behind the presenter, or else you can make the images go full-screen. Construct scenes that illustrate the topic under discussion.
Add extra content on-screen by using text to complement what you're saying.
Add appropriate background music to create atmosphere, and ensure you have a striking title sequence.
For teachers: benefits to students
- Students have to understand not just the issue being tackled and the proposed solution, but why that course of action was proposed.
- This helps students understand propaganda and how people are persuaded into taking that action – emotionally, rationally, or legalistically.
- Dramatic reconstruction makes for a good group project.
- Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
- Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
- Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
- Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.
- Ages 14+
- Suitable for groups
- History, politics, current affairs
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