This "War of the Worlds": A Broadcast Re-Creation lesson plan also includes:
Why did Orson Welles' 1938 Broadcast of a adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds cause such a panic? To answer this question, class members listen to the original broadcast and research the panic that resulted. They then engage in a Readers' Theatre exercise using the script from the program and reflect on the ability of media to spread panic.
- Begin by playing the several audios of news reports from the 1930s to familiarize students with the style of these broadcasts
- Presumes class members are familiar with the post World War I political climate
- Critical thinking and media literacy activities ask class members to examine bogus Web sites and consider the techniques used to make the the information appear real
- Another activity asks learners to compare the book to the radio script to various film versions
- Includes a link to the radio broadcast