Project Sheet

Finding Your Cool and Exploring Your Identity

 

Project Overview

Throughout the course of this project, students will recognize society’s influence on the shaping of their identity by analyzing psychological power used in propaganda through various methods of persuasion. Students will read the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut and major themes related to the absence of individuality will be addressed.

 

Project Duration

Two Weeks

 

Essential Questions

  1. Who shapes what is “cool” in our society and by what means?

  2. How does this short story highlight potential influences in our identity development?

  3. How can we counteract methods of persuasion? How can we use them to our advantage?

     

Objectives

  1. Students will read the book the short story Harrison Bergeron. Students will define and reflect upon themes from the short story through discussion and written reflections.

  2. Students will learn the methods of persuasion used in propaganda and demonstrate their knowledge by creating their own piece of propaganda.

  3. Students will learn about persuasive speech and writing. Students will write a persuasive essay and a persuasive speech.

 

Final Product

Your team goals are to:

Create a piece of propaganda that effectively uses one of the methods of persuasion. This propaganda piece will be exhibited at our school.

Write and deliver an effective speech using at least two methods of persuasion.

 

Your individual goal is to:

Be able to identify and explain all methods of persuasion used in everyday propaganda.

Write a persuasive essay on a topic of your choice.

 

Team Roles consist of Project Manager, Artistic Director and Persuasive Speech Specialist. The responsibilities for each role are listed below.

 

Project Manager: Keep team on task at all times. Ensure that all team members are achieving their checkpoint due dates. Organize all materials prior to submission. Communicate with Mrs. Con a daily basis regarding team progress.

 

Artistic Director: Decide which type of computer application your group will use (photoshop, pages, adobe illustrator etc.) will use to create your propaganda piece. Design, with the help of your group members, a piece of propaganda using one of the methods of persuasion.

 

Persuasive Speech Specialist: Write, with the help of group members, a persuasive speech using two methods of persuasion. The speech should effectively convince the audience to support your product, idea or proposal. Deliver a two minute speech in front of peers and Mrs. C.

 

Checkpoints and Due Dates

Methods of Persuasion Comprehension Check…………………………………….9/12/08

Propaganda Sketch (1st Draft)…………………………………………………………….9/12/08

1st Draft of Persuasive Speech……………………………………………………………9/15/08

1st Draft of Persuasive Essay……………………………………………………………..9/15/08

2nd Draft of Propaganda Piece……………………………………………………………9/16/08

2nd Draft of Persuasive Essay…………………………………………………………….9/16/08

2nd Draft of Persuasive Speech…………………………………………………………9/17/08

Final Propaganda Piece Presentation…………………………………………………9/19/08

Persuasive Speech Presentation………………………………………………………..9/19/08

Final Draft of Persuasive Essay………………………………………………………..9/19/08

 

Challenge Option Ideas

Additional Propaganda Piece using more than one Method of Persuasion

Film a commercial using one of the methods of persuasion

 

Grading

Students will be provided with rubrics for each component of the project. The rubrics will also be posted on Mrs. C’s Digital Portfolio.

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