Raise Your Voice: Activism and Responding to Texts
You are invited to engage in a critical conversation related to your reading through media making.
Video Source: The KQED Art School: https://wp.me/p4AWsA-eJ Boldness, accessibility, visibility and reproducibility are just a few of the qualities that help make political art stand out and reach new audiences. This video presents five steps to create your own political art. Take these steps and blend them with the six below, and let your work shout a message from the rooftops!
Step One of Six: Read more and annotate different opinions about an issue you care about.
What have you been talking about in your classes at school or after school? Or choose an issue related to an upcoming local or national election.
1a. Read and annotate what two or three of the politicians each are saying about two or three of these 24 issues from:
|Use these links to find the record of and quotations from two or three of the candidates in the current election. Annotate these records with hypothes.is, and follow links under the candidates' names to do more annotations of their quotations.|
Budget & Economy
Energy & Oil
Families & Children
Infrastructure & Technology
Principles & Values
War & Peace
Welfare & Poverty
1c. Speak back on an issue or topic you really care about by annotating with hypothes.is. You will need an issue or topic that you really care about, something you can dig your teeth into. Still not sure where to start? Try browsing the New York Times Room for Debate series as one way to think through a range of topics and opinions.
Step Two of Six: Determine what you have to say about the topic.
For instance, you might want to share a message with others that they matter (as an aspect of making people feel part of a community) or you might think about an election issue that matters to you and the role of sharing facts about this issue.
See this handout, Lesson 11. Personal Inquiry Reflections [PDF] from Research Writing Rewired: Lessons that Ground Students’ Digital Learning by Dawn Reed and Troy Hicks.
Step Three of Six: Select an appropriate media to share your message.
You might consider creating an infographic or vine or meme. Select your media to compose the best way to communicate your message. Some options: meme, vine, TED talk, documentary, digital story, infographic, podcast or radio show, webinar (your own recorded conversation, like Youth Voices Live), advertisement, website, blog, or other ideas. Check out what other students are using in the left margin.
Brainstorm and Outline Media Work
- Write out the MAPS plan for your media work.
- Work on brainstorming, outlining, and drafting media work.
Remember to think about your rhetorical situation (MAPS):
See this handout, Lesson 23. Media Work [PDF] from Research Writing Rewired: Lessons that Ground Students’ Digital Learning by Dawn Reed and Troy Hicks.
Step Four of Six: Draft your content and get feedback.
Get responses from peers and your teachers and mentors. Your media composition should address the issue, add on to the conversation, and engage your audience.
When you share your ideas and drafts with your peers discuss the following moves as you share your ideas for crafting your media project:
- What argument will this media project suggest?
- What are the claims in the project?
- What is the evidence?
- What parts are clear? What parts could use further clarity?
See this handout, Lesson 25. Workshop: Inquiry-Based
Research Essay and Media Projects from Research Writing Rewired: Lessons that Ground Students’ Digital Learning by Dawn Reed and Troy Hicks.
Step Five of Six: Revise, then publish your media, embedding it in a Youth Voices discussion post.
Use the embed code provided for you by the platform that you are using to create the media. (Look around to find it.)
This should include a written reflection, explaining your project including your personal goals for the media and how you met these goals for the composition.
See this handout, Lesson 28. Reflecting, Sharing, and Celebrating the Final Media Project from Research Writing Rewired: Lessons that Ground Students’ Digital Learning by Dawn Reed and Troy Hicks.
Step Six of Six: Comment on and Reply to other "Raised Voices" posts on Youth Voices.
Work you will have:
- Links to your ten best hypothes.is annotations for your response to what two or three politicians each are saying about two or three issues in a current electoral campaign.
- Links to 15 more hypothes.is annotataions on further research you did on an issue that you care about.
- A link to a post on Youth Voices where you say what you knew at the beginning of your research and what you wanted to know about your issue, using one of these guides: Personal Inquiry | Five Reliable Sources | Speculating on an Inquiry.
- A link to a post on Youth Voices with your embedded media about your issue. This should include a written reflection, explaining your project including your personal goals for the media and how you met these goals for the composition.
- Links to your comments on and replies to other "Raised Voices" posts on Youth Voices, using these guides: General Discussion Responese | Agree/Disagree Response | Quoting a Source in a Comment | 8 Intriguing Strategies to Continue the Discussion