Before I became engaged in the digital storytelling DS106 activities, I had never stopped to consider that there are stories that are told through bumper stickers. Furthermore, unlike my writing style, the bumper sticker text is usually fairly succinct based on the limited space available. This “bumper sticker” activity combines economy of words and images to create a powerful message.
One only needs to use Google to search for “bumper sticker” images to gain an insight into the powerful messages that are shared through this creative storytelling media.
However, I wondered if teachers might challenge their students to create bumper stickers that reflect aspects of their subject of study. To illustrate this idea, I have designed three bumper stickers that might be designed by students in a History/Social Studies classroom.
For example, what bumper sticker might be displayed on the canoe of successful Coureurs des Bois?
Do you think early settlers would have been proud to display bumper stickers depicting where they lived?
Would poorer farmers display the following bumper sticker on the back of their slow moving horse-drawn carts?
These are a few examples that might encourage students to become engaged in creating bumper stickers to showcase some aspect of a course of studies.
Take care & keep smiling