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Perspectives of the American Revolution

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Keywords: Video Production
Subject(s): Art, Video, Social Skills, Technology, Geography, Podcasting, Special Needs, Writing, Animation, Reading, Information Skills, Photography, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar, Journalism, Drama, Speech and Language, History
Grades 7 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Mesa Middle School, Castle Rock, CO
Planned By: Anthony LaCombe
Original Author: Anthony LaCombe, Castle Rock
Eighth grade humanities students will be asked to create a video of their interpretation of an event or person from American History such as the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, and the American Revolution (battles, key people, etc.) itself. Using our ePal internet and the contacts we have that are willing to build a collaborative environment between the U.S. and other nations, we will create a dialogue with a classroom from England. We will then share various lessons and videos (which our students will have constructed) with an English school or classroom via Skype and/or other means of communication. This project would be ongoing throughout a number of years. By collaborating with international classrooms, our students will become more internationally minded inquirers and well-rounded global citizens.
We currently own some of the hardware to make the project happen, all we require are more digital camcorders to make the project happen.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
As part of a prospective International Baccalaureate (IB) school, collaboration is a strong tenet of IB and we would have most of the core disciplines involved in this project. Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies, along with the Library Media Center would all be involved in the production of the videos.
Since this will be an ongoing project/event, we would have a lot of Follow-Up activities such as History Pen Pals, Skype Pals, possibly trips to each other's countries?, collaborative videos, and many other activities as our technology and imagination will allow.
Materials: Flash Memory Camcorders, Camera/Video Accessories, Animation, Speech and Language