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MyTube: Make a Video Public Service Announcement
Chances are that the teens you know are watching television and videos, possibly even some videos posted on the YouTube website. What better way to get them involved in topics and issues that are important to them than by asking them to make and edit their own videos? After watching and discussing some online public service announcements (PSAs), help teens write their own script and film a PSA.
Teens need to be able to understand and respond to the many messages they get from the Internet and television (also called multimedia messages). This activity helps teens to think about how information can be presented and how they might create their own persuasive argument or message. The practice here is important not only for the kinds of essay writing they have to do in school but also for the ability to help them build critical thinking skills to be able to analyze and evaluate what they read, see, and hear in the media.
This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan “MyTube: Changing the World With Video Public Service Announcements.”