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Mining Personal Histories

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Transcript of Mining Personal Histories

Whose great stories will you uncover and share with the world?
Mining Personal Histories
Your Project
Write a convincing
documentary proposal
, then create and publish
a compelling video documentary
about a community member
Why Care?
Writers and nonfiction filmmakers astonish us with the stories they
bring to the surface
.

In this unit, gain expertise as a film producer: find and shape the story that's
begging to be told
.

Practice skills useful in school and at work: close reading, clear writing, and thoughtful discussion.
Your Need to Know:
How do social and cultural influences shape our lives?
Module 1: What Can We Learn from Personal Histories?
Module 2: What Influences People?
What are the different ways to present personal histories?

Compare Norm Rice's video, an upbeat article about kids helping kids, and
a detailed story about escaping the past with a bicycle.

Try your hand at writing nonfiction
and keep reading nonfiction, too.
Module 3: Viewing and Documenting Change
What are the right questions to ask to document a personal history?

Look aheaad at the
photo documentary mini-project
and spend time finding pictures about change and presenting them.

Generate great interview questions and analyze short documentaries. And, of course, keep reading!
Studio 1: Build a Photo Documentary
With peer and expert help, plan, create, and publish a
1-minute photo documentary
Studio 2: Craft a Documentary Proposal
With peer and expert help, write and revise a compelling
documentary proposal
Studio 3: Create a Documentary
With peer and expert help,
create, revise, and share a documentary
explaining the influences that have shaped the life of a community member.
Module 4: Planning and Interviewing
How can we discover the theme of a piece of nonfiction personal history?

Analyze a Civil Rights movement reflection for its theme.

Learn about and practice interviewing. And keep reading that nonfiction!
Module 5: The Power of External Influence
Module 6: Moving From Proposal to Documentary
What are some key pre-production tasks ?

Review the final documentary assignment.

In a small group, work through the feedback on your documentary proposal.
How can the feedback help you?

Complete pre-production tasks!
Publish and Reflect
Publish your documentary
to peers and experts, and to the world beyond your classroom.

Write a film review of a peer's documentary (and receive a film review of your documentary).

Reflect:
How has your thinking changed
about the influences that shape our lives?
Explore Norm Rice's moment of pivotal change using the
elements of nonfiction personal history
.

Look at the Rice video from
several angles
, some new to you.

Start reading a nonfiction book of your choosing.
Which documentary elements contribute to telling a powerful story?

Read about an Argentinian grandmother on a mission; with peers,
imagine how you would present her story on film.

Get ready to start building your documentary proposal (as professional producers do).
Here is a path that will help you find the great story and powerful influences, shape them into a documentary, and present it to the world
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