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Keywords: digital story telling, family history, questioning, writing process
Subject(s): Video, Writing, Photography, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar
Grades 4 through 12
School: Naches Valley Intermediate Sch, Naches, WA
Planned By: Lani Black
Original Author: Lani Black, Naches
Tell the students that they will be taking part in a project to collect family stories. The stories can be uploaded to the classroom web site and/or burned to a DVD to be taken home. Explain and provide a writing/research rubric for students to follow. The topics can be as broad as you want or can be narrowed down to a specific event, such as "the day Mt. St. Helens blew".

Student:
Decides who they will interview.
Write up to ten possible questions to ask.
Makes an appointment with the adult family member.
Checks out a Flip Video Camera from the teacher.
Introduces self and interviewee.
Conducts interview and captures on Flip video.
Download and edit into a movie. Upload to SchoolTube.com
Share in class, share on line with others, add to blog.
Materials: Flip Video, CDs and DVDs, Writing
Other Items: 1 Flip Video Camera, $149.00 each, total of $149.00