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An Interview with South Carolina Revolutionary Heroes

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Keywords: video production, interviews, Movie Maker, Audacity
Subject(s): History
Grades 6 through 12
School: Trident Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
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Original Author: Mary Silgals, Mt Pleasant
Students will be assigned (or they may pick from a list) the name of one U.S. revolutionary war hero or a British general. They will then research the individual's biographical information and the battles that they participated in. The information they discover will be provided to the other students either in a verbal presentation (PowerPoint) or in a class discussion. The narrator will take his questions from the students' reports, and with the assistance of the facilitator (teacher), he/she will prepare a list of interview questions to use in the video tape production. In addition, students can prepare charts or instructional materials to add to a Movie Maker 3 production. Students will be responsible for video recording, editing video, selecting appropriate clips to add to the Movie Maker slides, record narrations for the introduction and closing using Audacity software, add slide presentations, graphs and charts, etc.

Students will be responsible for selecting materials that fall within the fair use copyright rules.

Students will burn a DVD of the final project for their personal collection to add to their student technology portfolio.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Working with the computer teacher to create excel graphs for the production.
Materials: Flash Memory Camcorders, DVD Camcorder, CDs and DVDs, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, Writing, Cause and Effect