Friday, November 12, 2010
What is a way my child can organize his/her time on this project?
Thank you very much for asking. For the Thematic Causes of the Civil War Digitally Narrated Product that should be 5-7 minutes and is due on 11/24 (if you don't check the homework blog....please do), here is an "ideal" way to organize the time on the nights that your child has the laptop checked out.
On the evenings when it is not his/her turn to check it out, they should be planning/storyboarding/scripting what they will accomplish the next time they have the laptop. On the days that he/she has the laptop, they should create and record about 1 minute of their presentation. That leaves 2 planning days (roughly) and 5 creating/narrating days to equal 5 minutes.
FOR EACH EVENT YOUR CHILD CITES AS EVIDENCE, HE/SHE MUST EXPLAIN THAT EVENT AND HOW IT APPLIES TO THE THEME HE/SHE HAS CHOSEN. That is the meat of their presentation/narration.
With all the students citing the same content (roughly), one of the MAIN goals of this piece (aside from social studies content) is to make their project stand out in some way. It is hard to do, but they will lose the audience otherwise.
Movement, meaningful images (setting a scene), and a well-timed, voice appropriate narration is KEY to visual/auditory success on this piece. Students should not be using popular songs.
How to Start the Project
a. Complete categorizing the causes/events that contributed to the start of the Civil War into
each theme: community, conflict, justice, and wealth/economy.
b. Choose the ONE THEME that contributed THE MOST to the start of the Civil War.
c. Determine the ORDER of the causes/events that you will present to persuade the audience that your cause is the main cause.
Day 1 w/ laptop
1. Make intro slide w/ your name, due date (11/24), unit title (Before Brother Fought Brother),
topic title (Civil War) and your MAIN theme of the start of the Civil War (Community,
Conflict, Justice, and Wealth)
2. Narrate...MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SLIDE ONLY CONTAIN KEY TEXT AND THAT YOUR
NARRATIONS ARE IN COMPLETE SENTENCES....NOT JUST READING US BULLET
Day 2 w/ laptop
1. Complete 1 minute of slide creation and narration.
2. Add appropriate transitions from your intro slide to your next section. Make it smooth.
3. Remember to test the sound and make sure the volume is the same.
Day 3 w/ laptop
Repeat day 2
Day 4 w/ laptop
Repeat day 2
Day 5 w/ laptop
Repeat day 2
Day 6 w/ laptop
Repeat day 2...5+ minutes should be completed.
Day 7 w/ laptop
Final touches. Make sure all the sound is correct. Show someone else and have them grade you on the rubric.