Teaching students about propaganda using Dr. Seuss

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 5:28pm

With the election right around the corner, political ads are everywhere. But are these ads truthful, or are they using music and images to sway the public.

Robinson Film Center is working with a teacher at Green Acres Middle School in Bossier City, to help teach students about commercials like these. And they're using Dr. Seuss' "The Butter Battle Book" which sets two different groups at battle, those that eat their bread butter side up, and those that eat it down.

In a 3 part exercise, the students first research and view past and current political ads, critiquing them. Then, they get to plan and write their own commercial that tries to convince people of their view, either butter up or butter down.

The final part of the project won't happen for two weeks, when Robinson Film Center gets the edited commercials back to the students, and they vote on which commercials are better at influencing the viewer.

Regardless of if the winner is butter up or butter down, these kids are getting a learning experience, that they can use when they are old enough to get to the polls.


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