First and Last Name Christopher Graber & Melissa Mcentee
School Name School ABC
School District Hudson
School City, State New Jersey
Language Arts, Social Studies, Technology
Middle school / Social Studies
Rights and Responsibilities: Past, Present, and Future
Students will complete research on an aspect of history that illustrates a topic involving rights and
responsibilities, including historical events, issues and ideas, and the people involved. Students will
interview people who are/were associated to the issue of human rights. They will also study articles, books,
and other documents from the library and the Internet. The incorporation of iMovie will be used for the
culminating project. Students will use this authoring tool to create a historical documentary based on their
research. This project will enable students to explore human rights through a historical perspective and than
to present their findings in the form of a brief documentary. This format will encourage students to
investigate the current issues of human rights in this country and abroad.
Building the Foundation
Habits of Learning Taxonomy
Students learn about an aspect of history that illustrates rights and responsibilities.
Students use technology to enrich the process.
Students learn hot to effectively interview and than to incorporate that interview into a movie.
Students present their documentary to their community.
Learning Objectives: Academic & Technical
After completing this project, students will be able to:
Share an aspect of rights & responsibilities in history and discuss how it affects the country and its inhabitants.
Understand how it effectively research a topic.
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Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them manage and utilize information.
Express and reinforce the learning processes through technology.
Use communication, research, and creative skills to produce a documentary.
Understand and demonstrate effective documentary techniques.
Arrange media to develop a persuasive presentation to advocate positive change.
After completing this project, students will be able to:
Use a word processing application to create a script and narration.
Use a digital video camera to record images, interviews, and onscreen narration.
Use the Internet to research a topic, locate information, and download images.
Use a scanner to copy pictures.
Use iPhoto to import, organize and edit photos.
Use iMovie to record narration.
Use iMovie to import video clips and edit and export a completed movie.
Use iDVD / other authoring software to create a finished DVD for presentation.
How has the past shaped our future?
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Student Assessment Plan
Assessment of students will be based on presentations, research and final result of iMovies. We have not had good
results by allowing peers to evaluate themselves or others, therefore evaluations will be made by adults only. We will
use rubrics throughout the project as well as checklists to ensure that students are completing projects in a timely
manner. The final product (iMovies) will be scored by all Middle School Technology and Social Studies teachers. At
the end of our unit we will dedicate class time for students to present their completed iMovie project. During this time,
teachers will assess what students have learned.
Before Project Work Begins While Students Work on Projects After Project Work Ends
Students plan their goals and Power Points – Using iMovie & Rubrics
objectives for the project, including: sample activities
How they will research their topic. Teacher Checklist
How they will find, prepare for, Concept maps Teacher and Student
and interview someone with Research of human rights and the Collaboration
information regarding human people who contributed.
rights. Quizzes/Final Test
How they will develop their Guest speakers
interview techniques. Class trips to museums (pending
How they will incorporate their
research into their documentary.
How they will present their point IMovie – completed documentary
of view as well as presenting
other points of view.
How they will demonstrate their
understanding of the topic.
Students will also create their own rubric to
assess their work on these goals and
objectives. ( Teacher led)
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Approximate Time Needed
2 weeks, 50 minute sessions at least 3-4 times weekly
Researching Internet, keyboarding is helpful, use of PP and iMovie
Intro: Oral discussion, United Streaming: Diversity: The World of Ethnic Man!
Activity 1: Discuss human rights issues that are reported in the news and use those as an introduction to the
exploration of the history of human rights and responsibilities.
Activity 2: Introduction: The idea of documentaries and documentary details.
Teacher created rubric to assess outcomes
Activity 3: Discuss different kinds of interview questions and explore open-ended questioning
Students must have examples
Activity 4: Demonstrate an interview within the classroom, without a camera.
Teacher checklist (student receives one ahead of time for criteria of project)
Activity 5: View historical documentaries from PBS & Interview people involved/associated with human rights record
their historical happenings and create an iMovie
Teacher created rubric
Accommodations for Differentiated Instruction
Accommodations are provided for most students with special needs, shortened
assignments, extra time, peer mentors and oral tests given if needed “Every Child Learns”
English Language ESL support provided, peer mentors, shortened assignments, extra time and oral testing
Gifted Student: Webumentary: documentary embedded in student created web page.
Materials and Resources Required For Unit
Printed Materials: books, Maps, Pictures, Magazine & Newspaper Articles
Supplies: CD’s & DVD’s to burn iMovie’s on, student production binders
Digital Cameras, Video Cameras, Computers (Mac), external microphone, Scanner
Technology - Internet browser, iLife tools (iMovie, Itunes, iPhoto, iDVD) PowerPoint, Word processing
Internet Resources: Unitedstreaming.com, Grolier-Online
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