Final Project Options Compare/Contrast Essay
In this project, you will write an essay comparing/contrasting any two TV shows/films we've watched featuring teens. You can choose any two but it might be easiest to compare two with similar themes/plot lines. For example, you could compare Beyond Scared Straight with Teen Mom, considering they're both Reality TV shows. OR, you could compare Friday Night Lights with the OC, as they are both fictional shows featuring teenage life and relationships. You are also welcome to compare any two TV shows/films of your choice, as long as they feature teens. In your essay, please cover the following points:
Who is the target audience?
In what ways do the shows appeal to the target audience?
What kinds of relationships are featured in the shows?
Do these shows glorify certain aspects of teenage life? Do they promote unhealthy teenage behaviours?
Which show gives a more accurate view of teenage life? In what ways? Does the mass media have an agenda when it portrays teens?
Your essay must be 3-5 paragraphs in length, be mechanically sound and indicate a high degree of effort.
Newspaper In this project, you will create a newspaper focusing on positive stories about teens in our community. You can search Discover Moose Jaw, Peacock's website or Prairie South's website for stories to highlight. Once finding the stories you'd like to cover, summarize them in your own words. Your newspaper needs to feature at least 3 articles/stories and 3 photos. Feel free to write a story about our own trip to Prince Arthur!
In this project, you will create your own visual story about how teens are typically represented in the media using Photostory. Include photos, articles, etc that reveal the general impression of teens. You must include slides with text that explain your opinion on the media's representation of teens. Your Photostory must be at least 1 minute in length.
Artistic Representation In this project, you will create an artistic representation that brings together several of the ideas and themes we've discussed in regards to teens in the media. You have freedom to choose how you will create such a representation, however, only choose this option if you are willing to put in the time and effort to create a product that truly reflects our topics.
You are welcome to come up with your own project idea as long as it fits with our themes and expresses your learning in this unit. Please clear your idea with me first!