Public Service Announcements

"A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Use yours now to learn this list of facts about public service announcements.

Here are all the word lists to support the reading of Grade 8 Unit 3's texts from SpringBoard's Common Core ELA series: Night, First They Came for the Communists, Terrible Things, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Diary of a Young Girl, Elie Wiesel Speech, Do Something!, Wangari Maathai,, Public Service Announcements, Famine as a Weapon

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  1. broadcast
    disseminate over the airwaves, as in radio or television
    Broadcast media--radio and television--are required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve "in the public interest."
  2. requirement
    necessary activity
    Most stations use PSAs as one of the ways they meet this requirement.
  3. percentage
    a proportion in relation to a whole
    While they aren't required to donate a fixed percentage of air time per day to PSAs, stations do have to state in their licensing and renewal applications how much air time they plan to devote to PSAs.
  4. commercial
    connected with or engaged in the exchange of goods
    Most stations donate about a third of their commercial spots to non-commercial causes
  5. devote
    set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use
    in other words, if a station has 18 minutes of commercials in a given hour, six minutes of that will probably be devoted to PSAs.
  6. service
    an act of help or assistance
    Public service announcements, or PSAs, are short messages produced on film, videotape, DVD, CD, audiotape, or as a computer file and given to radio and television stations.
  7. script
    a written version of a play or other dramatic composition
    PSAs are sent as ready-to-air audio or video tapes, although radio stations sometimes prefer a script that their announcers can read live on the air.
  8. persuade
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position or belief
    Since World War II, public service announcements (PSAs) have informed and attempted to persuade the public about a variety of issues.
  9. entertain
    provide amusement for
    If people find an ad or PSA entertaining enough, they might talk about it with a friend or share it online.
  10. message
    a communication that is written or spoken or signaled
    When this happens, many more people will receive the intended message.
Created on September 15, 2015 (updated September 15, 2015)

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