Cartown: Communicating a message



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Resource title: Cartown: Communicating a message

Digital resource identifier: L1345

Resource description
This learning object explores a civics dilemma and asks students to design a television report to support their viewpoint.

Stage of schooling: MiddlePrimary

CCE focus: Citizenship in a Democracy



This resource allows students to explore arguments for and against plans to reduce the number of vehicles travelling in the centre of a city and decide whether to support a traffic congestion toll during peak travel times. Students look at a range of media, evaluate the impact of the media and use media tools to construct a television program supporting a particular view on the central issue.

Opportunities for Civics and Citizenship learning

‘Cartown: Communicating a message’ provides opportunities for students to:

  • identify methods for communicating information

  • explore the effectiveness of different media in communicating information

  • research different viewpoints about current issues

  • develop their own viewpoint about an issue

  • form an argument for supporting a particular viewpoint.

Ideas for the classroom

  • Ask students where they get most of their information about what is happening in their local community. Write the media sources on the board.

  • Ask students to form small groups and complete a Plus, Minus or Interesting (PMI) chart relating to the effectiveness of each of the media sources in providing information.

  • Ask students to decide which form of media they believe is (a) the most effective and (b) the most popular. Take a class vote. Invite students to provide reasons for their answers.

  • Explain to students that they will be taking part in an exercise exploring two different viewpoints about a traffic issue. Invite them to begin the learning object. Explain that they will need to choose one of the two options presented and design a television program to support this view.

  • Complete the activity by asking students to share their designs and vote for the one they believe is most effective.