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Digital Presentation of Life In The Future

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Keywords: Futuristic Video
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Writing, Technology, Video, Drama
Grades 7 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
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School: Genesee Jr Sr High School, Genesee, MI
Planned By: Bridget Chema
Original Author: Bridget Chema, Genesee
1) As a prelude to the Michigan Curriculum unit on Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", students will discuss censorship and how it affects the past and future.

2) To provide a visual reinforcement to the idea of censorship, students will watch "Fahrenheit 451", discussing elements of science fiction (how Bradbury viewed future technology from the 1950's perspective), censorship and the role of government, occupations (as represented by Guy Montag's Firefighter role), and the theme of knowledge vs. ignorance.

3) After viewing the movie, students will think about how the above referenced discussion topics will influence the direction THEIR world moves in.

4) After getting into groups of four/five, students will collaboratively create a video representation of what they think the future will look like.

5) Items to include in the video: what the government will look like; how students will get educated; what will the future use for money; what food will look like and how is it made, etc; will there be world peace or another world war and explain why; what does the environment look like; what will people do for entertainment etc.

6) Students may act out the video themselves, use a puppet show to illustrate their future, or create a power point. All students must participate equally in the development and presentation of the video.

6) Video will be no less than 6 minutes.
Part of the video listed below is the UNEDITED version that was NOT presented to class.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Include with Computer Technology class, Government, and Food/Nutrition class. Could be done with a Spanish IV class.
Links: Link to Sample Future Video
Materials: Memory Cards, Batteries, Tripods, Flash/USB Drives, Camera Bags, CDs and DVDs, Video Tools, Microphones, Flip Video, Flash Memory Camcorders, Animation, Sound Libraries, Integrating Technology