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Mining Personal Histories- Summer Edition

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on 19 June 2014

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Transcript of Mining Personal Histories- Summer Edition

Whose great stories will you uncover and share with the world?
Mining Personal Histories
Your Project
Create a
mini-documentary about a personal history.
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:
What shapes people's 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 stories from NPR's StoryCorps.

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

Look ahead at the mini-documentary project and think about how you might use images to tell your story.

Generate great interview questions and analyze short documentaries. And, of course, keep reading!
Studio 1: Build a Photo Documentary
With help from your classroom community, plan and publish a
3 minute mini-documentary
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
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
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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