"If you believe people have no history worth mentioning,
it's easy to belive they have no humanity worth preserving"
--William Loren Katz--
Target Learners: students in grades 5--12
Notes for teaching the unit: The end product for this unit IS authentic. With proper media contacts, many outlets would be willing to publish a student-produced PSA. However, in the absence of media contacts, the messages produced in the PSAs can still affect a wide array of the population when published in the proper forums.
This unit may be used in one of several ways. It is written such that each participant create their own individual PSA. This may be too cumbersome and unrealsitic given a lower grade level or limited technology resources. In these cases, each GROUP may design their own PSA; roles within the group can include internet researcher, narrative writer, technology guru, and audio person. Required technology resources include access to media-related software such as Quicktime, Garage Band and/or Movie Maker. IN the absence of these resources, Power Point works just as well although the incorporation of music and narrative may be limited and, therefore, difficult to expect a media outlet to convert it to PSA format for authentic use.
NEW YORK STATE LEARNING STANDARDS ADDRESSED
Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources
Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.
Standard 1: Career Development
Students will be knowledgeable about the world of work, explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes, and abilities to future career decisions.
Standard 2: Integrated Learning Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.
Standard 3a: Universal Foundation Skills
Students will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace.
Standard 3b: Career Majors
Students who choose a career major will acquire the career-specific technical knowledge/skills necessary to progress toward gainful employment, career advancement, and success in postsecondaryprograms.
Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas,eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
Standard 4: Economics
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions to allocate scarce resources, how major decision-making units function in the United States and other national economies, and how an economy solves the scarcity problem through market and nonmarket mechanisms. ELA
Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding. As listeners and readers, students will collect data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts. As speakers and writers, they will use oral and written language to acquire, interpret, apply, and transmit information.
Standard 2: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression. Students will read and listen to oral, written, and electronically produced texts and performances, relate texts and performances to their own lives, and develop an understanding of the diverse social, historical, and cultural dimensions the texts and performances represent. As speakers and writers, students will use oral and written language for self-expression and artistic creation.
Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation. As listeners and readers, students will analyze experiences, ideas, information, and issues presented by others using a variety of established criteria. As speakers and writers, they will present, in oral and written language and from a variety of perspectives, their opinions and judgments on experiences, ideas, information and issues.
Standard 5: Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products
A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.