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Sold! Ageless Water

Deloris Morris
Santa Rosa District Schools


With the popularity of bottled water today, students create a magazine advertisement for the spring water, which causes a person to live forever, in the novel [Tuck Everlasting] by Natalie Babbitt.


The student analyzes information from one textual source to create a report.

The student uses words and images that best express intended messages.

The student knows ways the tools of graphics, pictures, color, motion, music, and computer technology affect communication across the media.


-Markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc.
-Sketch or art paper
-Poster board (one per group)
-Notebook paper
-Previous lists placed in the room from lesson #767, For Sale—Ageless Water
-Chart paper
-Transparencies of criteria and rubric (See Preparations)
-Babbitt, Natalie. [Tuck Everlasting]. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986.


1. Collect all necessary items for the poster ads.
2. Make transparency of criteria. (See Procedures, step #4)
3. Make transparency of rubric. (See Assessments)
4. Prepare room for displays.
5. Prepare a list of students for cooperative learning.


1. Teacher gives advertisements back to students with written feedback. (See lesson #767)

2. Teacher reviews previous lesson with the class. (See lesson #767)

3. Teacher elicits a discussion on the motives and tactics used by the “man in the yellow suit,” who wants to make a profit with the spring water at any cost, such as lying, cheating, stealing, kidnapping, and murder. Display these on chart paper in a conspicuous place in the room.

4. Teacher gives the following criteria for the final product. (I put this on a transparency and have the students copy it individually.)
a. The ad must be on poster board.
b. The ad must be colorful and creative.
c. The ad must overcome the negatives of living forever (on chart paper in lesson #767).
d. The ad must appeal to a certain group of people, such as teens or older adults (this is a choice made by the group).
e. The ad must identify the type of magazine in which it will appear.
f. The ad must incorporate at least five of the vocabulary words from #7 below.

5. Teacher discusses the rubric which will be used for assessment. (This can be on a transparency also.)

6. Teacher assigns groups of three to four to work on this project. Students must decide among themselves who will do what on the ad. A list of who will do what must be turned in to the teacher. (I furnish all the materials, but allow the students to bring whatever they need from home also).

7. Student groups get together and come up with a possible vocabulary list of words that could be used in their advertisements. They can use words from the text and come up with others. They must have a minimum of ten words. They must use at least five words from vocabulary lists when creating the final product, the advertisement itself. A copy of this list will be handed in to the teacher along with a rough sketch of the ad. This is simply to make sure they are on task.

8. Teacher allows at least two to three days for planning and creating the final product. (This can be adjusted to suit individual needs.)

9. Students present their ads to the class.

10. Teacher evaluates displays using rubric. (See Assessments)

11. Teacher displays the ads in the classroom.


Awesome--The display conveys accurate information from several appropriate sources, employs a highly-innovative approach to creation of the display, is highly attractive, neat and very easy to understand. In addition, the display uses words and images that best express intended message to the appropriate audience.

Admirable--The display conveys accurate information from some appropriate sources, combines one or two original ideas to create an interesting display, is attractive and easy to understand. In addition, the display uses some words and images that express intended message for appropriate audience.

Acceptable--The display conveys accurate information and has most of the appropriate information, is informative and interesting, but lacks detail and neatness. In addition, the display has few words and images that express a clear message for a particular audience.

Unacceptable--The display may contain inaccurate information and does not contain important elements, may be copied rather than original, may be inappropriate as to size, attractiveness, and neatness. In addition, the display does not use appropriate words and images, does not convey a clear message, and no audience is specified or implied.


1. This lesson follows lesson #767, For Sale—Ageless Water.
2. Group lesser-motivated students with students who are highly-motivated.
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