OBJECTIVE Students will be able to create a symbol of their assigned plant or animal, and write a public service announcement (PSA) that uses their symbol to inform people about the Amazon and whether it should be saved.
PART I: GIVING VOICE After finding an illustration of your Amazon plant/animal, use what you have learned to create a symbol that represents that plant/animal. To create an effective symbol, complete the following.
AN EFFECTIVE SYMBOL SHOULD:• attract positive attention from people• accurately represent the plant or animal youresearched• have a name that makes people think of the Amazon rain forest• be colorful• be neat
TO CREATE YOUR SYMBOL, CONSIDER THEFOLLOWING OPTIONS.• a two-dimensional political cartoon character for use in print media• a two-dimensional graphic character for use inelectronic media• a three-dimensional representation for use in video media
AFTER CREATING YOUR SYMBOL, WRITE ASUMMARY THAT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:• the name of the plant or animal on which your symbol is based• the name you have given your symbol• a statement of intent that describes how yoursymbol will be used to convince people of whetherthe Amazon rain forest should be saved.
PART II: WRITING A PUBLIC SERVICEANNOUNCEMENT Use what you have learned about the Amazon rain forest and your symbol to create a public service announcement (PSA) that informs people about the Amazon rain forest and whether it should be saved using the following format.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS MUSTINCLUDE: 1. A script: A script shows each character’s dialogue and actions. For this PSA, your symbol will serve as a character. 2. Statements that describe the importance of the Amazon rain forest and whether it should be saved. 3. A description of the consequences of saving or not saving the Amazon rain forest. Use the model below to write the script for the PSA. Setting: A description of where the character is during the PSA. Character name: Dialogue (what the character says).
YOUR REFLECTIONS UPON THE ASSIGNMENT. HOW DIDTHIS ASSESSMENT TOOL COMPARE WITH ASTANDARDIZED TEST, FOR EXAMPLE? WHAT DID YOULEARN BY THE EXPERIENCE? The assignment really brought out the creative side of all the students. They wrote great script that displayed mastery of the animal researched and of the value of the Amazon Rain Forest to the entire human population. The objective was reached. The only draw back was the amount of time spent on the research. This was small price to pay for the enjoyment and ownership for the their learning that the students displayed. This assessment involved the other forms of intelligence that we have forgot that exists. I feel empowered that the students were being assessed and were actually enjoying it.
RUBRIC FOR THE PRESENTATIONScript: Written description Importance: Consequences: A Time: PSA Neatness:of the public service Statements description of what meets or Care inannouncement including its explaining how life would be like if exceeds 30 constructionsetting, characters important the the Amazon rain seconds of of puppet.dialogue, and actions. Amazon rain forest is or is not dialogueScripts must provide forest is. saved. and action.dialogue and action for aone minute PSA. Please write the appropriate rating in each category. Rating Scale: 3-Exceeds standard 2-Mets Standard 1-Below Standard
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