What invention would make your day and/or your life easier, safer, more productive, happier, etc? What invention would benefit the world? Your students' mission during the next month is to invent something. This can be for personal, business or recreational use in the home, the workplace or the world at large, and can be something tangible, or something more along the lines of software.
Students are asked these questions as an introduction to a lesson on advertising and propaganda techniques. Although I have used these projects in my creative writing classes, they could be adapted for a journalism class where students need to learn the differences between fact and fiction. They also offer a terrific supplemental activity after reading and discussing "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, Animal Farm Unit Plan
and "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley Brave New World Unit Plan
"The Hunger Games" or "Divergent" trilogies, or any other novels where the use of propaganda is prevalent, and where unconventional inventions would be useful to the characters.
In these activities, students will exhibit their range of thinking skills from knowledge through evaluation. They will also reveal their analytic and critical-thinking skills in writing and talking.
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