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Creating a PSA about credit cards

Students conduct Internet research to create a 30- or 60-second TV public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of and motivate people to adopt safe and responsible credit card practices.


Protect (Managing risk, Preventing fraud and identity theft), Borrow (Managing credit)


CTE (Career and technical education), English or language arts, Fine arts and performing arts, Social studies or history

Grade Level

High school (9-10), High school (11-12)


75-90 minutes

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Big idea

It’s helpful to understand the benefits and responsibilities of owning and using a credit card. 

Essential questions

  • What are some of the rules to live by when using a credit card?
  • How can using a credit card help an individual practice positive money management habits? 


  • Understand some key benefits of having a credit card
  • Learn positive habits associated with using a credit card 

What students will do

  • Generate questions about using credit cards.
  • Conduct research on government websites to gather information about credit cards.
  • Storyboard a PSA that highlights an important idea(s) or tip(s) about using credit cards.
  • Perform their PSA for the class or record a video of it.

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Teacher guide


Student materials


Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.

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