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Image Conveys a Powerful Voice: Yours! is a lesson plan designed for secondary students in preparation for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The students will use visual literacy skills to analyze the components and message of an image. The students will identify issues that are meaningful to them and create a simple image/message and then design a social media campaign to advocate for their issue.
In this resource, students will:
The resource also provides optional activities to enhance the learning.
Students learn to use literacy thinking skills to explore the meaning and emotions presented in an art image. Students will also learn to advocate for what they care about.
This lesson is meant to be used at the secondary level in preparation for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This lesson would be excellent in Visual Arts classes with a focus on citizenship.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Very Good|
This whole lesson is centered around issues of justice, fairness, and respect for differences. Throughout the lesson, students are encouraged to share their point of view and listen to others points of view. As well, students will create an image with a simple message to advocate for an issue of their choosing.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Good|
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Good|
In this lesson, students will create an image with a simple message to advocate for an issue of their choosing. They will then come up with a mini-campaign with written goals as to what they want to communicate about their issue therefore working toward positive change.
|Acting on Learning: |
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
|Values Education||Very Good|
Throughout this lesson, students get a chance to share their own opinions and their own beliefs through discussions and also during the creating of their image and social media campaign.
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Very Good|
Students are taught to discuss ways to listen with generosity and to value others' perspectives. As well, this resource has a focus on issues of justice, fairness, and respect for differences.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).|
|Personal Affinity with Earth||Poor/Not considered|
This is not a focus of this resource
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Students will be creating images and a social media campaign to showcase to their peers therefore the learning experiences will be relevant to their local community.
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Good|
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.|
|Open-Ended Instruction||Very Good|
Since one of the goals of this lesson is to promote listening with kindness, students get to share their opinions without the fear of being criticized by their peers. As well, students get to create an image about an issue that they feel is important to them and would like to advocate.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
This lesson has a focus on the Visual Arts but you could easily use it in Language Arts classes as well as Social Studies classes that have a focus on citizenship.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
The wide range of activities in this lesson address well the needs of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. There are no strategies provided for students with learning difficulties.
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
This is not a focus of this resource.
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Students are taught how to listen with generosity during discussions and also have to work in groups. However, no assessment of these skills is completed.
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Poor/Not considered|
The lesson explains that the students' social media campaigns could be used as an assessment; however no rubrics or checklists are provided.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.|
In creating a social media campaign, students are hoping that their local community will make positive changes towards their issue.
|Peer Teaching: |
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
|Case Studies||Poor/Not considered|
This is not a focus of this resource
|Case Studies: |
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control||Very Good|
In this resource, students will create their own social media campaign on an issue of their choice and decide on the target audience and goals.
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.|