Social Media Sparks Protest Participation with Adobe Spark Page

Students analyze how social media can spark greater youth participation in protest movements
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About This Strategy

This 3.5-hour strategy helps students think through how social media can spark greater youth participation in protest movements while practicing how to build a web page on Adobe Spark Page. You can use this strategy for any content, and it can also be adapted for use with other Adobe products like Acrobat.

Because Adobe Spark Page  enables critical thinking along with visual design, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate historical thinking as well as creativity in a deep and meaningful way.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Page 
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle 

Outline for Teachers

180 minutes

Learn. 

Students research a protest movement that took place within one or many countries from the year 2000 or later. These are not one-day events but rather a series of protests over a period of days, weeks, or months that sparked a movement for change (Climate March, Black Lives Matter, Arab Spring, etc.). Particular attention should be paid to choosing a movement that included the use of social media where young people (age 30 or younger) were a part of the protests. While very helpful to peruse social media to look for evidence of how it was used in a particular movement, it is not required. (60 minutes)

Evaluate. 

Students use the guiding questions here to evaluate their research and determine where they need more information about the movement, the use of social media, and/or the involvement of young people. (30 minutes)

Research. 

Students continue their research, gathering details such as social media postings  information and visuals to support the content they are collecting. (60 minutes)

Create. 

Students design and create their web page.  Attention should be paid to decisions about the visual aspects of the web page as well as the content. Students should examine the rubric, and example, and/or watch a tutorial to understand the work product expectations. (60 minutes)

Steps for Students

This 3.5-hour strategy helps you answer big questions about how social media can spark greater youth participation in protest movements while practicing how to build a web page on Adobe Spark Page. 

Because Adobe Spark Page enables critical thinking along with visual design, this strategy empowers you to demonstrate historical thinking as well as creativity in a deep and meaningful way.

Steps:

1. Collect information on multiple protest movements. Use the guidance listed below when selecting protest movements: (60 minutes)

  • Focus your efforts on protest movements after 2000.

  • These are not one-day events but rather a series of protests over a period of days, weeks, or months that sparked a movement for change in order to understand the impact protests have had in the country or countries where they took place. Examples include things like the climate marches, Black Lives Matter, and the Arab Spring.

  • Particular attention should be paid to the events that included the use of social media to galvanize support and the participation of young people (ages 30 or younger) in the protest. It is helpful to go on to social media sites to search how they were used in these protests, but it is not required.

  • Focus your research on easily accessible and highly reputable media websites like PBS and/or research institutions like those common to universities like Stanford, Penn, University of Washington, etc.

2. Evaluate the information you gathered so far to make sure you can explain how social media was used, how young people were involved, and the connection between the two. (30 minutes)

  • What information do I already have?

  • What detail do I still need to show a full understanding of the protest movement, the way social media was used, and how young people were involved ?

3. Research what details you still need to show a robust understanding of all three aspects of this content.  Look also for photos or other images that can support your information. (60 minutes)

4.  Create a web page using Adobe Spark Page that effectively communicates the information you collected. For guidance, follow these steps. Use the rubric as a guide for your decisions. (60 minutes)

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' web pages.