Public Service Announcement

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Reading and Writing

Art and Design

Students will identify the dangers that hindered the pioneers on the Oregon Trail.


Submitted By: Minecraft Education

September 18, 2017

Learning Objectives

  • Students will identify the dangers that pioneers faced along the Oregon Trail.
  • Students will summarize the dangers in a brief Public Service Announcement, as if to warn new travelers.

Guiding Ideas

  • What would you want others to know about the dangers along the Oregon Trail?
  • How can you effectively warn them of the dangers?
  • What is the best way to communicate with others about these warnings?

Student Activities

Provide students with materials to research what some of the physical dangers were along the Oregon Trail. Let students use the attached outline, or other writing resources, as a guide to help summarize. From their summary, students will warn new trail-goers by creating a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about trail safety. Final PSA’s can be given out loud in person, or video-taped if the equipment is available. Students could also utilize Sway, PowerPoint, or other presentation technology to assist them in the creation of their PSA.

Performance Expectations

Review the rubric included in the external resources to assess students' work.

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