This The Martians Are Coming! activity & project also includes:
As part of a study of the power of mass media, class members use a documentary about Orson Welles' radio broadcast of an adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds to launch an investigation of how media networks spread rumor and hoaxes. In an age of fake news, when "Truth isn't Truth," the lesson is a must for 21st century learners.
- Begin the lesson by projecting the "Help save the Endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus from Extinction!" web page
- Although designed for media studies classes, the resource is also appropriate for a unit on the emotional climate in the period prior to World war II
- Asks class members to deconstruct the hoax by identifying the intended audience, mode of address, documentary type, form of distribution, and issues of distribution