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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".

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