Students will be able to analyze advertisements and create animated parodies using Brush Ninja while developing their media literacy and critique skills.
- Computers or tablets with internet access
- Projector or smartboard for class demonstration
- Brush Ninja website
- Examples of advertisements (print, TV, or online)
- Begin by discussing what advertisements are and how they persuade people to buy products.
- Show examples of different types of advertisements such as print ads, TV commercials, and online ads.
- Discuss the different techniques used in advertisements such as catchy slogans, use of celebrities, emotional appeal, etc.
- Introduce Brush Ninja and demonstrate its features to students.
- Explain that students will be creating animated parodies of advertisements using Brush Ninja.
- Provide guidelines for creating the parody such as keeping the original message intact while changing certain elements to create humor.
- Allow students time to work on their animations individually or in pairs.
- Once completed, have students present their animations to the class and explain why they made certain changes to the original advertisement.
Assessment can be done through a rubric that includes sections for creativity, originality, humor, staying true to the original message, and use of media literacy concepts.
To extend this lesson further:
- Have students compare and contrast two different ads from similar products or services using media literacy concepts learned in class.
- Create an advertising campaign based on a social issue using Brush Ninja.
- Analyze political ads from past elections applying media literacy concepts learned in class.
- Students could write a reflection on how this activity helped develop their critical thinking skills about advertising messages they receive every day both inside and outside the classroom.
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