Voices of Youth (VOY) is all about blogging, filming, interviewing, and storytelling. On the VOY website, students will find easy-to-use resources that can help them to sharpen their multimedia skills. These tools are meant for young people who enjoy expressing themselves through media but feel they can still improve their skills. An Instructor’sManual will aid educators and youth-group facilitators in planning and conducting short filmmaking workshops with adolescents and youth using smartphones. Accompanying the manual are four video tutorials entitled Plan It, Film It, Cut It, Share It, along with a participants’workbook. In addition, beginners and advanced blogging guides provide practical advice and tips and tricks about blogging. The blogging guides are available in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. An accessible version of the beginners guide is also offered, in English only. All of the guides are freely downloadable from the VOY website.
In this ReadWriteThink lesson, students read or view a literary text, and then identify and discuss examples of propaganda techniques in the text. Students then explore the use of propaganda in popular culture by looking at examples in the media.
PBS affiliate WETA has made available a list of propaganda techniques that make false connections (such as the techniques of “transfer” and “testimonial”), or constitute special appeals (such as “bandwagon” and “fear”), or are types of logical fallacy (for example, “unwarranted extrapolation”).
The Mind Over Media web platform gives students aged 13 and up an opportunity to explore the subject of contemporary propaganda by hosting thousands of examples of 21st-century propaganda from around the world.