Having recently completed a unit of study on The Diary of Anne Frank (the play), the 7th graders celebrated their learning by creating "Propaganda for Peace" posters.
After completing the poster project, the posters were sent on a Google voting form to the teachers, staff and students at the high school and grade school. Voting closed on Monday, and the winners were announced Tuesday morning in three categories.
BEST OVERALL POSTER: Breckyn Jensen and Riley Ketterl
VAN GOGH AWARD (Most Artistic): Logan Koger, Bryce Peter
MOST COLORFUL: Malia Bishop, Josiah Weyeneth, Alexander Kempt
Awards for the top three posters included Gift Certificates to Sunflower Recreation Center, Subway Gift Cards and full credit on upcoming quizzes.
"The concept behind the project was rooted in the idea of how the Nazis used propaganda, including posters, signs and advertisements, to demonize the Jewish people prior to WWII," said 7th Grade English instructor Ladd Wendelin. "My thought was - why not take that notion and flip it, and spread Anne's message of hope, tolerance and peace instead.
Some of the requirements the students had to meet when creating each poster included a artistic depiction of Anne, one of her family members or a relevant WWII historical figure, a symbol of peace or love, a symbol of faith (for example, the Jewish Star of David), a quote from Anne Frank, and the entire poster had to be colored.
Students were not graded on how well they met requirements, said Mr. Wendelin, but how well they worked as a group. At the end of the project, students were given a rubric and a survey that asked them to be honest about their group's performance in completing the poster. Areas they graded themselves on included Teamwork, Dedication and Focus. The individual scores based on the rubric were averaged and then final critiques were given to the students.
"The results were surprising," said Mr. Wendelin. "None of the groups gave themselves a perfect score, which is a testament to their honesty. Some group members who did not perform as well scored themselves lower than their fellow group members."
The posters are now on display at the Oberlin City Library. They will also be shown at the Open House on Monday, May 8.