Review or introduce the idea that media texts are created by people who make choices.
View samples of posters with students and spend some time asking questions about them, for example, - Who do you think created this poster? - Who is the message meant for? - What do you see that makes you say that? - What attracts your attention in this poster? Why? - What is the overt message in this poster? What is the implied message? - Who might respond to this message differently from you? Why? - What choices has the designer of the poster made?
Discuss the idea of celebrating Canada's 150th birthday. - Why is it important to mark the date? - What kinds of things might people do? - What was done in the past for Canada's 100th birthday?
View the Expo 67 Heritage Minute with students and discuss how having a dream can lead to accomplishing significant things.
Introduce the challenge.
Create a mixed media poster to communicate your feelings about Canada and your dreams for the future.
Use watercolour techniques, cut out letters, the Canadian flag and other media of your choice.
Include a black and white photograph of yourself.
Identify the reasons for your design choices.
Demonstrate technical accomplishment.
Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.
Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
Establish success criteria with your students, for example, - effective use of the elements of design to communicate a message - visual message is clear and accurate - creative use of cut out letters and a black and white photograph - effective use of watercolour technique - the composition is balanced - accurate use of the rule of thirds - able to explain the reasons for design choices - paper in good condition
Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
Observe students as they work.
Provide individual assistance and encouragement.
Place students into small groups.
Ask them to: - Share their work and interpret the messages on the posters. - Discuss the things that are especially effective in the design of the posters and why. - Talk about what they found difficult and what they found easy to do.
Share ideas with the whole class.
Ask students to tell how they felt about doing this project.
Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
Observe students as they discuss their posters – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the poster, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the poster.
Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads – Dreams_tracking.pdf)
Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads – Dreams_self-assessment.pdf)