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Enrich the Study of the American Revolution with Technology

Grade 7 Sample Unit

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1 – Digital Documentaries Overview

Authors: Fran Macko, Kyle Haver, Alvarez Symonette, Lynda Akerman, Marc Slippen, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Vincent Asaro
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn the research skills needed for students to create the digital documentary. In addition, participants will learn how research skills can be used to create the framework of an assessment rubric.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn the technology skills needed for students to create the digital documentary. In addition, participants will learn how research skills can be used to create the framework of an assessment rubric.

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2 – Researching a Historical Character

Authors: Fran Macko, Kyle Haver, Alvarez Symonette, Lynda Akerman, Marc Slippen, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Vincent Asaro
  • Content Teaching Points:During this session, participants will review research process for the Unit of Study, and identify a historical character to research and learn ways to organize project information.
  • Technology Teaching Points:During this session, participants will learn how to conduct Internet research on a historical character.


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3 – Writing About Your Historical Character

Authors: Fran Macko, Kyle Haver, Alvarez Symonette, Lynda Akerman, Marc Slippen, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Vincent Asaro
  • Content Teaching Points:During this session, participants will discuss writing skills needed to complete a digital documentary, and review various writing templates.
  • Technology Teaching Points:During this session, participants will identify writing sources online.


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4 – Creating and Recording Narration

Authors: Fran Macko, Kyle Haver, Alvarez Symonette, Lynda Akerman, Marc Slippen, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Vincent Asaro
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn to use research to create a script (narration) for a documentary.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will record a narrated script into video production software.

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5 – Combining Narration with Still Images

Authors: Fran Macko, Kyle Haver, Alvarez Symonette, Lynda Akerman, Marc Slippen, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Vincent Asaro
  • Content Teaching Points:During this session, participants will review primary sources, and use a storyboard to create the framework for a digital documentary.
  • Technology Teaching Points:During this session, participants will find and select primary sources that complement the narration, and then combine images and narration into video production software.

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6 – Adding Titles, Credits, and Transitions

Authors: Fran Macko, Kyle Haver, Alvarez Symonette, Lynda Akerman, Marc Slippen, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Vincent Asaro
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to give credit to sources.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to select transitions and how to add titles and credits.



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7 – Refining Your Digital Documentary

Authors: Fran Macko, Kyle Haver, Alvarez Symonette, Lynda Akerman, Marc Slippen, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Vincent Asaro
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to select sounds to enhance the documentary.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to find and add music and sound to the documentary. They will make final edits and export the documentary.


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8 – Bridging to the Classroom

Authors: Fran Macko, Kyle Haver, Alvarez Symonette, Lynda Akerman, Marc Slippen, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Vincent Asaro
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will review the 7th Grade Unit of Study and brainstorm ways to adapt other lessons in the Unit of Study to their classroom.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will review project resources online.


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Facilitator Notes:
You are encouraged to customize the materials to your teaching style.
Please add your own contact information in the last slide of your PowerPoints before presenting.