Students will write interview questions, conduct
oral interviews, scan photos and documents, then create a
multimedia timeline with four significant events that happened
in the life of a family member.
project enables students to create an electronic history book
that can be burned on a CD, uploaded to the web or stored
locally on a hard drive for other students to enjoy. Language
arts, social studies and technology skills are incorporated in
order for students to gain "media literacy."
This project is geared toward middle school students, but can be
easily adapted for younger or older students.
in this curriculum unit are several downloadable pdf worksheets
that will guide both teachers and students through planning each
phase of the project. A rubric is also included for
evaluating the final presentation.
The students use general skills and strategies of the writing
process by creating meaningful interview questions. They also
use listening and speaking strategies in the interviewing
session, utilizing strategies to edit the oral account into a
narrative account. By creating a timeline students understand
and know how to chronologically set up a historical map while
using technology in new ways.
to the National Education Technology Standards Project http://cnets.iste.org/index.shtml, social studies programs should include experiences that provide
for the study of the ways human beings view themselves in and
over time, so that the learner can: identify and use key
concepts such as chronology, causality, change, conflict, and
complexity to explain, analyze, and show connections among
patterns of historical change and continuity. By focusing
on a family member of the student, learning these concepts
becomes more meaningful as well as enjoyable.