Teenage Affluenza Lesson

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Teenage Affluenza Lesson:

1. Watch TED Talk - http://www.gapminder.org/videos/ted-us-state-department/ (22 minutes).

In the talk at the US State Department in the summer of 2009, Hans Rosling showed the overall global trends in health and income over the last 200 years, the development of the HIV/AIDS-epidemic and how China is catching up on the richest countries.

2. View the video ‘Teenage Affluenza is Spreading Fast’. It runs for 5 minutes 21 seconds This ‘tongue-in-cheek’ film from World Vision Australia has provoked a very large response on YouTube – within 4 days, more than 200,000 viewers started a discussion on “What is really important in life?” The film carries an advert for the World Vision Australia 40 hour famine event at the end.

3. Answer the attached questions, provided as a guide and come from the Center for Media Literacy - http://www.medialit.org/bp_mlk.html.

4. Use the following statement to write a thoughtful, polished 5 paragraph essay:

to create discussion about poverty and challenge the students thinking. Debating the statements Poverty only means not having enough money.

1. Who created this video?
2. What techniques are used to attract my attention?
3. How might different people understand this video differently? (What are the different messages different people are likely to get?)
4. What values, lifestyles and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this video? (How are people of different genders, ages and wealth depicted – what are the power structures implicit in the text?)
5. Why is the message in this video being sent?

6. How does this fit with what you think or what you notice in your life?

7. How did the video clip make you feel? What connections did you make?
8. What images or information do you think were most effective?

‘What are some of the problems facing children in Developing Countries?’ Brainstorm a list (2-3 minutes) under the following heading and attach:

Problems for children in Third World Countries.

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