Connie Mitchell
5 years ago
Last Updated
3 years ago
Middle School students will expand their concept of slavery beyond U.S. Civil War stereotypes to include modern-day slavery. They will chose a topic from the general topic of modern day slavery to focus on further study and project work.

The culminating project is a Public Service announcement video, either told in narrative style or informative. The video is written, directed, acted, and produced by the students.

They will improve/gain their research, analysis, writing, and media design skills.

- Social Studies lessons teach the content of historical and modern slavery.
- Language Arts teaches how to develop a research question, understand info-graphics, and write a Public Announcement script.
- CTE lessons teach how to use camera angles, shot depth, and the Ken Burns Effect to influence the audience of still and video imagery.

Relevant careers: Screenwriter, Video Editor, Voice Actor, Lighting Technician, Camera Operator, Film Director, Film Producer, Production Manager

In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in Language Arts and Social Studies that supplement the primary core area of study.

This unit is brought to you by Connie Mitchell (CTE), Julie Barda (CTE/English), and Noelle Gutierrez (Language Arts/Social Studies) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Gregg Witkin.


Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
  • History/Social Science
  • Technology Education
Grade Levels
  • 7
  • 8

Camera Angles and Shots (CTE)

Social Issues Poster (CTE)

The Ken Burns Effect (CTE)

Public Service Announcement (CTE)

Vocabulary Building (ELA)

Focusing on Research (ELA)

Infographics (ELA)

PSA Script Development (ELA)

The History of Slavery (Social Studies)

The Life of a Slave (Social Studies)

A Modern Day Slave (Social Studies)

Narrative Script for PSA (Social Studies)

PSA Overview/Process Resource