Dana Wright Creativity Lesson Plastic Pollution Awareness Poster

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Dana Wright Creativity Lesson Plastic Pollution Awareness Poster

Dana Wright
Plastic Pollution Awareness Poster


Students will create an awareness poster about plastic pollution in the oceans.
Students will research a marine animal affected by plastic pollution to feature on the poster.
Students will include one current statistic/fact on the poster.
Students will write a slogan for the poster.
Students will incorporate actual plastic products into the poster design.

English Language Arts Standards

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Participate in shared research and writing projects
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings

National Core Arts Standards

Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Performing, Presenting, Producing
Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work
Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

Part 1 Activating Background Knowledge
Discussion: “How many of you use plastic utensils? Straws? Plastic bags?” “What do you do when you are done using these items?” “Do you know what happens to these items after you throw them in the trash?”

Watch and discuss the following video
TED Talk for older students https://www.ted.com/talks/dianna_cohen_tough_truths_about_plastic_pollution 

Discussion Questions
What did you learn about where plastic waste ends up?
Were you surprised by this information?
Now that you have this information, how do you feel about throwing away plastics everyday?
Do you think it’s important for other people to know these facts? Why?

Part 2 Poster Assignment and Planning
Tell Students: “Yesterday we discussed that we think it is important for people to know about plastic pollution in the ocean so we can start to fix the problem.” You are going to create an awareness poster about plastic pollution in the ocean. You will research a marine animal that is being affected by plastic pollution. Your poster must include an image of the animal, a statistic or fact about plastic pollution in the ocean, a slogan, and you must find a way to incorporate actual plastic products into your design. Here are some examples of artwork on the topic of plastic pollution.”

Show Images and discuss how each piece conveys a message about pollution




Students will use the following document prior to creating the poster
Plastic Pollution Awareness Poster Planning Graphic Organizer

*Varying levels of support will be required to complete this project based on grade level. Break down the assignment to meet the needs of your students. I will conduct mini lessons on researching and recording facts and writing slogans.

Part 3 Collecting Plastic Items and Creating the Posters
After students have complete the planning phase, they may begin creating their posters. Provide class time to collect plastic products. Provide a variety of mediums for students to use (paint, pastels, markers, etc.)

Part 4 Publishing
Present posters to the class

Part 5 Extension: Plastic Pollution School Audit and Action Plan