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Seeing the World Through the eyes of a Veteran

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Keywords: History, English/Language Arts, Technology, Photography, Journalism, movie making
Subject(s): Video, Social Skills, Technology, Geography, Writing, Photography, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar, Journalism, Speech and Language, History
Grades 7 through 8
School: Perryton Junior High School, Perryton, TX
Planned By: Debbie Logan
Original Author: Debbie Logan, Perryton
The teacher will have a list of Ochiltree County Veterans and Deceased Veterans.
Students will be put into groups of four. They will prepare questions to ask the Veteran before interviewing him/her, or they may interview the relative of a deceased Veteran. They will be include the branch of service, years, any foreign countries in which the Veteran served, honors and recognitions, etc. Any other information that may help students understand the meaning and importance of serving your country may be asked by the students.

Someone will take pictures while they are interviewing and they will also bring back a photo of that person when they were in the service. It will be scanned at the school and placed in the teacher's file to be returned to the Veteran.
Students will work together to present the short story about their Veteran.
They will put the information together using a Power Point or Movie Maker presentation.

The top 4 will be chosen to present in the next Veterans Day Program.

Thank you notes will be written to the Veterans by each student and will be mailed to the Veteran. CD's or DVD's of the presentation will be burned and given to the Veterans.

Students will be using cameras, video cameras, scanners and Microsoft Office software to present their assignment. Not only will their technical skills improve, they may finish the lesson with a deeper gratitude and understanding of the Veterans of the USA.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Have English teachers help students with grammar, spelling, etc.
History teachers may help students choose some appropriate questions.

Students will write thank you notes to the Veterans who participated, the newspaper for covering the event. Some may speak on the local radio station about their experiences.
Materials: Flip Video, Hi-Def Camcorder, Point and Shoot, Printers, Camera/Video Accessories, Camera Bags, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, Word Processor, Keyboarding, Slideshow, Timeline, Video Tools, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 4 DIgital Cameras, $100.00 each, total of $400.00
4 Video Cameras or Flip Videos, $150.00 each, total of $600.00
4 Printer cartridges/ color, $25.00 each, total of $100.00
2 Printer cartridges/black, $15.00 each, total of $30.00
1 Scanner/Printer, $200.00 each, total of $200.00
2 CD/DVD's packs of 50, $30.00 each, total of $60.00