Transit in Pictures
exercises and lesson plans are designed to accompany and enrich
the study and discussion of the June 2004 Transit of Venus.
write and produce public service commercials promoting the
Transit of Venus and providing information about its safe
Identify the components and attributes of a public service
announcement or commercial
bias and misinformation in commercials
safe viewing procedures for the Transit of Venus
writing a public service announcement
the effectiveness of the public service announcement.
Audience analysis, attention gaining, character behavior,
visual effects, sound effects, message, message length
Area or Standard:
Language Arts, Media
paper and art supplies
of clothing for costumes
or props as needed
describing the Transit of Venus
Smithsonian Institution Libraries Online Exhibition, March
2004 to January 2005, http://www.sil.si.edu/exhibits/Chasing-Venus.htm
Viewing the eclipse
Solar eclipse safety code
safest way to view the Sun is indirectly using a projection
method, e.g., pinhole projection.
need two pieces of card
a small hole in one card
this card above the other one
the cards in line with the sun and you will see the
sun's image projected on the bottom card
for viewing the sun:
NEVER view the sun with the naked eye or with any optical
device such as binoculars or a telescope The lens in your
eye will focus the sun's rays onto the back of your retina
resulting in permanent damage or blindness.
You may view the Sun directly only through a special filter
made for safe solar viewing. If you are not certain a filter
is approved and safe or you have any other doubts - DO NOT
to use a solar filter:
1. Read and follow manufacturer's instructions carefully.
2. Make certain that filters have a "CE" mark
approved for solar viewing.
3. Check filter for damage. Do not use if they scratched
or have holes.
4. Hold the filter firmly over both eyes BEFORE looking
up at the Sun.
5. DO NOT remove until AFTER looking away from the Sun.
6. DO NOT use telescopes, binoculars or cameras (even if
7. DO NOT use sunglasses or filters made of photographic
film, photographic filters, crossed polarisers, gelatin
filters, compact disks or smoked glass.
8. Supervise children at all times.
research the Transit of Venus by visiting various sites
or looking at printed information.
various commercials that appeal to the students and ask
them what they might learn from commercials.
what parts of the commercials motivate them to watch it.
What kinds of actors, music, dialog, etc. attract them?
What are the messages? How do they react as an audience?
Why? What would lead them to do what a commercial or announcement
the upcoming Transit of Venus and the dangers of viewing
the sun directly without protective filters.
come up with idea for a public service announcement or commercial
that will motivate others to practice the rules for the
safe viewing of the Transit of Venus in June of 2004.
a. Student writes a "treatment"-- a short document
that summarizes the main idea.
b. Student may submit alternative treatments.
chooses or endorses one treatment or combination of treatments
to produce and assigns various tasks to individuals.
a. One will produce storyboards or blueprints of the various
b. One will start writing script
c. One will create models and costuming for each "actor".
d. One will design the background or setting
e. Together decide on mood, lighting, look and feel for
the announcement, e.g., scare techniques, or factual and
informative, or . . . .
out and record the final version of public service commercial,
- Present final version to another class and then quiz them
about how they would safely view the Transit.
of a television commercial, students create ads for magazines
or billboards that are also motivating and promote the same
of acting out the commercial themselves, students can make
puppets that follow the script and present the information.