The fourth graders read Marden Dahltstedt's book The Terrible Wave. The book told the story of Megan Maxwell and her efforts to survive the Johnstown Flood of 1889. After completing the book, the fourth graders were given the task of creating a media literacy project that would convince people to read the book. The students needed to create quotes as if given by book reviewers, find and quote an interesting passage from the book, provide a brief description of the book and a brief description of the flood. The students had to find graphics that would help to interest a reader in the book and then organize the information on a poster so that it had great eye appeal.
The posters were created electronically as part of the 21 Century Skill of media literacy. The students needed to create media that was not only appealing, but also would persuade the reader to pursue Marden Dahltstedt’s book. Part of media literacy is knowing who the audience is and then creating media aimed at that audience. The target audience for the fourth graders were students in grades 4-6.
Click on the links below to see the posters created by the fourth graders. This is their first effort at creating media based on the curriculum of the classroom.