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Mining Personal Histories
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Mining Personal Histories
Write a convincing
, then create and publish
a compelling video documentary
about a community member
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
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).
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
, 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