By: Ashlyn, Araya, Maddy and Natalie
The speaker are sophomore students who are concerned about freshman getting lost, overcrowding, and a better education for the 9th graders. People who want freshman to get a better high school experience.
The purpose is to persuade the school board, parents, teachers and students to build get involved in a freshman center. Our propaganda is to give reasons why building a freshman center at Coppell High School would benefit the incoming freshman.
A Letter To the School Board (Ashlyn)
I wrote a email to reach the School Board because sending and receiving emails is such easy access for the community of Coppell. Technology is a big key to our learning, so it would be easy for a student to send an email like this, and also it would be easy for the people in the School Board to receive, read, and respond.
Propaganda Techniques Used
I used the propaganda technique "bandwagon" when I wrote, "Many surrounding high schools such as Flower Mound, Allen, Lake Highlands and many others have a freshman center. If CHS built a freshman center, many of these daily problems would be solved." This exemplifies to bandwagon because I explain why we should be like the other schools and build a freshman center. Using this technique, the School Board would consider building a freshman center because they would want to be like the other schools, and not be the only one who doesn't have a separate building for freshman.
2. Appeal to Fear
I used the propaganda technique "appeal to fear" when I wrote, "If we don't build a freshman center, more and more incoming students will become lost, overwhelmed, shoved in the hallways, and bullied by upperclassmen." This exemplifies appeal to fear because new students don't want to be overwhelmed, lost or bullied. Using this technique, the School Board would consider building a freshman center because they wouldn't want the possibilities of that to happen to more freshman.
3. Plain Folks
I used the propaganda technique "plain folks" when I wrote, "As a 9th grader, having a freshman center would be relieving to them. They would get a better opportunity to learn, make friends, and get used to the idea of being at high school, while being in a less crowded facility. A freshman center will fill the needs of our community and reduce over crowding." This exemplifies plain folks because it shows how building a freshman center will help the every day freshman and our community. Using this technique, the school board would consider building a freshman building because they would recognize how it would help the everyday person.
A Twitter Account Dedicated to the Freshmen Center (Maddy)
I made a Twitter account to reach the students because I believe the easiest way to reach them is through something they use everyday, Twitter. Through creating this Twitter account they will be able to just click on the @CHScenter page and see tweets from upperclassmen, facts, and a catchy slogan that will get them thinking about this problem.
Propaganda Techniques Used
The technique of bandwagon was used in the tweet that said "CHS is one of the few high schools in north Texas that doesn't have a freshmen center and it's effecting more than just the freshmen." This is a bandwagon technique because talking about all of the other high schools that have a freshmen center will make it seem as if it is a normal thing to have now but we are just not up to date at our school.
The technique of slogan was used in the tweet that said "Save the fish, so they don't get squished." This slogan was a catchy way to get out that upperclassmen are concerned about the freshmen or "fish" getting run over and pushed around in the hallways because they are walking so much slower and sometimes are even lost.
3. Appeal to Fear
The technique appeal to fear was used in the tweet "All of the freshmen in the halls are getting lost and making upperclassmen mad. Something needs to be done about this. -CHS Seniors." This tweet shows how the freshmen ruining the flow of traffic the hallways is really getting to the seniors. Most people in the school respect the seniors and if they say something then most of the underclass men will really see what they're talking about. This is appeal to fear because other students are scared of the seniors and believe they should follow what they say.
A send home flyer for parents to sign (Natalie)
I made a flyer for parents to read and sign so that it could be easily accessed and easy for parents to understand. I believe taking home a flyer for parents to sign is effective because the kids have to bring it back for a grade. It's an easy A and every student wants that. Flyers help get imortant information across with not much trouble at all.
Propaganda Techniques used
1. Appeal to fear
I used the appeal to fear technique by telling the parents their kids might not get as much one on one attention from teachers as they would like. I told the parents "we fear there are too many students and not enough teachers to go around. That could cause problems in the future because of bad grades or something like that. Using the appeal to fear technique could persuade parents so that their kids could get the proper attention.
I used the bandwagon technique by naming other schools who had already have a freshmen campus. This shows that if other schools think it was a good idea, we must take it into consideration as well. People who are moving to Coppell could also look to see which school is most advanced, and with a freshmen center, Coppell would have a chance of being the best.
My group decided to use the slogan "Save the fish so they don't get squished". We chose this slogan because it is in a sense true. Many freshmen don't know what they are doing or where to go the first few weeks of school and it's really scary. By having a freshmen center, the hallways wouldn't be as crowded and the freshmen would be more confident.
A poster given towards the teachers of CHS (Araya)
I made a poster to mail out to all teachers and to hang on the walls of the school to alert the need of the freshman center. With visual awareness this poster will catch eyes from the teachers walking down the hallways and mailed to them.
As a group we chose the slogan "Save the fish so the don't get squished" together. In this slogan the fish represent the freshman crowding the hallways getting squished and pushed into each others shoulders trying to make their way to class.
2.Appeal to fear
As I state "New pond, less the stress. No new pond? The stress." Indicating that with the freshman center will less the stress of all, but if there won't be a new freshman center, then the stress will build among all. Giving the feeling of fear into the person that to not have stress among the others, we shall build a freshman center, because no one likes the feeling of being stressed out and having to teach at the same time.
As I wrote in my poster "With this new pond for the freshman, your classrooms will be easier to manage" in this quote I am giving out the message that everything will be easier to manage which leads to less stress which then leads on to smiles for everyone.