Media Literacy Poster Project (Grade 6)

27 Mar

After analyzing our posters with our graphic organizers, we reviewed the 5 key concepts of media literacy and how posters relate to these concepts. Our particular focus was on the message that “Each medium has a unique aesthetic form”. (We had used the video clips and some of the ideas from MediaSmarts Media Minutes  program at the start of the school year). We explained that when making posters, designers did not all take a side and start drawing – as we usually see in partner/group posters – they plan and, like all media, use key elements to make them effective.

It provided a good connection with our elements of art in that we were also able to review the element of balance in design through a look at symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial designs. Students enjoyed learning about the “Z pattern” design approach and, after looking at some examples,were quick to locate and identify the design features. Movie posters were our main source as it is easy for students to explain why the image of one character might be emphasized over another character. (Next time might be a good way to connect to narrative features…)

Fortunately for us, our school is having a talent show and it provided us for the perfect opportunity to put our new skills into action. To help students remember, we used a graphic organizer. This organizer takes the one from the Ontario Ministry of Education’s E-workshop Media Lesson Plan for Grade 4 and contains additional elements. One of which includes a great summary from Learn Alberta’s lesson plan on “Creating Persuasive and Effective Visuals”, using the summary idea of catchy, concise, comprehensive and convincing. We also included a reminder on the Z-pattern and a place for brainstorming as we decided to use the organizer for planning and keeping students on track during their poster creation.

Poster Elements Checklist-1 copyPoster Elements Checklist-2

Many of the posters are in progress; however, some are completed and we are very pleased we the results!

IMG_1065 IMG_1068poster

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