History Comes Alive in Grade Five!

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ASIJ 5th graders have been hard at work scripting, interviewing and piecing together iMovie news reports. Using information garnered from primary and secondary sources as part of their Think Justice social studies unit, students were excited to create a newscast depicting an important event from the Civil Rights Movement. With events ranging from the March on Washington, to the bus boycotts and Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the hallways have been alive with cries for freedom, justice and equal rights.

Using the app Green Screen by Do Ink, students filmed interviews with key players in the events and interviewed people with different perspectives on the issues. Learning to do the filming in front of a green screen and acting parts while reading from a teleprompter were all part of the challenge. After filming and inserting time-appropriate backdrops, students compiled the project using iMovie with the goal of creating what could have been a “Breaking News” broadcast from the 1950s or 60s.

When asked what they enjoyed most about the project, students commented on how focused their groups were on creating quality projects and how they enjoyed the freedom to create their own scripts and decide who got to read the different parts. (Suzanna Voigt, Grade 5 Teacher)