Mepham PSAs
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead 

Students:  Watch the PSAs created by your period. Respectfully comment on the work of your classmates, vote on the most effective PSA, and submit the Confidential PSA Report Form by Monday, April 28, 2008

  

Click here to view Period 1's PSAs

Click here to view Period 5's PSAs

Click here to view Period 6's PSAs

  

Synopsis:

Students will create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) promoting the missions and methods for eight prominent non-profit organizations. A PSA is a non-commercial advertisement broadcast for the public good.  The main idea of a PSA is to modify public attitudes by raising awareness about specific issues.  Once each student is assigned to a group and given an organization to profile this project has 6 steps outlined below.  Once each phase is completed students need to report their progress to the “Project Manager” (a.k.a. teacher).  

 

Assignment:

Step 1: Research: Use the materials provided in the library and on the Internet to learn about the organization.

Step 2: Brainstorm: Generate strategies for explaining your organization in a way that will get others to take action.    

Step 3: Write Treatment: A Treatment is a written description of what you intend to show and accomplish in your finished piece. Treatments must be approved by the teacher. 

Step 4: Write a Script: Even if you do not intend to use any dialogue at all you’ll need a script describing the images and the associated sounds the viewer will see and hear.    

Step 5: Produce Podcast: Using video images students film themselves, pictures and video from the web, dialogue and sound edited in Photo Story and Windows Movie Maker students will produce a video podcast.

Step 6: Present: Finally students will present their video to the class explaining why we should support their organization. Video Podcasts will be posted to a blog and students will be required to comment on each others work. They will have to judge the effectiveness of the PSAs. 

 

Humanitarian Organizations:  

All images used in the PSAs were taken with permission from the respective non-profit organization.