Q2 Plan & Create with a Cartoon PSA

18. Digital Storytelling

Plan and Create a PSA with a Cartoon

Note: If you choose to create a cartoon as your PSA, follow the steps provided to use Writecomics. Plan on some time to practice using the program until you become good at using the program. If you need more practice then keep “playing” with the Application until you know how to use it, and you can explain the steps to a classmate without hesitation. 

Steps for Creating a Cartoon PSA

1. Collect your artifacts.

  • Review what copyright is
  • Quickly review this helpful Safe Search Image Resources (or watch the video ) so you can save time searching and locating copyright free images you can use and/or modify.
  • Create a folder (in a shared folder if possible) and begin collecting the files you plan to use (images, photos, video clips, sound recording...).

2. Open or download this step-by-step set of directions: cartooncasting.pdf

3. Go to the web site called and get started! Create an example so you get familiar with how the program works.

4. After you create your own example cartoon, your task is create one for your PSA (Public Service Announcement psarubric.pdf ). See if you can make your point in four panels or less.

Remember characteristics of a PSA:

  • Take a position with a message (such as 'don't give your password to a friend, be careful what information you put in a chat room, don't be intimidated by bullying texts...)
  • Deliver ONE core message that is convincing (supported with facts, images, examples...)
  • Catch the attention of your intended audience with a clear message
  • Create a slogan that is memorable and stands out, easy to remember, or uses an image that catches attention  

Note: If you would like an alternate cartoon site try: 

ReadWriteThinkComics   or Make Beliefs Comix

5. Create and complete your cartoon PSA.

6. When done check with your teacher on how to turn this in.

Completing this Quest

When you have turned in your cartoon PSA document you may want to try creating an Infographic or a multimedia version of it.

  Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

  I have completed this and am ready for PSA Infographics

Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits

4. Innovative Designer
a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems

6. Creative Communicator
a. choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
b. create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations
d. publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.