In this performing arts lesson, students will work to create a short video diary to showcase the import parts of their life and edit the video into a 5 minute or less montage using EZVid or similar program.
Grade Level: 7 - 12th
Length of Time: 30 Minutes a Day for Several Weeks
Objectives & Outcomes
Learners will appropriately use video cameras, computers, and create a short video diary about their lives.
- video cameras or cellphones (with permission)
- computers (for editing)
- editing software
Opening to Lesson
Begin by asking students if they have written in a diary. Next ask students how they would describe their lives to someone who had never met them. Tell students that the saying goes ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ and this is the basis for the next project.
Body of Lesson
- Give students a video camera or gain permission for them to use personal cell phones.
- Explain that over the next few days they are to create a video diary entry about themselves with clips from their lives and narration about who they are.
- Explain that the videos will be edited down to 5 minutes or less but more video should be taken.
Allow students to share videos in class and fellow students to critique each video.
Assessment & Evaluation
Assessment will be based on creating a video that accurately and appropriately showcases the students likes and dislikes in a school appropriate manner in under 5 minutes.
Modification & Differentiation
Some students may need to work with a partner or have parent help with this assignment.
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