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Digital Camera Activity

Activity contributed by Polly Underwood of Ocala Middle School, San Jose, CA.


To increase student awareness of their role as models for younger students;
To improve student writing in content area of science;
To provide practice in sequential writing skills through storyboarding techniques;
To provide opportunities for student generated literature;
To make students aware of methods of persuasion used by the tobacco industry;
To increase use of technology in student presentations;
To provide practice in dialogue writing.


Students will brainstorm a scenario for a short book for younger students. The setting will be outside or in a public place. The actors will be students in the class. The scenes will involve some students using or trying to purchase tobacco products (All tobacco usage will be alluded to, not done). The antagonists will be using methods of persuasion such as glamour, adventure, inclusion, peer pressure, fear, or pleasure.The protagonists will correctly counter each method of persuasion with a refusal and an explanation of what the method is and why it will not work on them. The scenes will be written in book form, with shots being laid out in a story board. The story must be written with dialogue and have a satisfactory conclusion of refusals and reasons.

The camera will be used to take photographs to illustrate the stories. Using Adobe PhotoDeluxe, the storyboard can be uploaded to the computer to allow captions to be added. The finished images can be presented on a television one image at a time. This presentation can be recorded on a VCR tape and used to view by other classes! The images can also be used in conjunction with a computer program such as: Power Point, Hyperstudio, ClarisWorks, etc. and presented in slideshow or hyperstack format.

The photographs can be downloaded as part of the text program and will be used to illustrate the book. The idea of the book is to make students aware that their actions will be viewed as a role model for others, that they will be victims of methods of persuasion, not just from the media, but from friends, and what the correct forms of refusal are.

1. Lesson on forms of persuasion: American Lung Association has good ones for free.
2. Practice on refusal skills: QUEST by Lions Club International has an excellent program.
3. Practice on how to name problems and give alternatives. "That's trouble, that's a minor in possession of ......." "You're trying to make me think that you're all tough, but you're really wanting me to give you $ for cigarettes. That's not right. If I wanted to be tough I could take Karate." "Instead of smoking, lets go play basketball."
4. Practice on storyboarding. Make up a story board for a familiar story or poem first.
5. Practice with the computer program.


Completion of books and presentations that will be evaluated by peers using a student generated rubric.
Copies of the storyboards and book text.
Group presentation of book using slideshow format.
Self/peer feedback forms
Daily journals and logs of student work.
Portfolio assessment of project.

Follow-up Activities:

A perfect follow-up to the digital book would be to make a video where the students would teach refusal skills to others. There are several other lessons on the tobacco industry and the methods they use to "hook" students into tobacco. another activity would be for small groups to each target one particular method and to produce a digital book or slide show that would teach and illustrate their method as well as give alternate activities for students to do other than start or continue to use tobacco and tobacco products.

Updated: 12/27/98 by B. H. Giza