Documenting the 1920’s and 30’s

The Process:

Library Research Day 1: Use multiple book and internet sources to collect background information on your chosen topic. Remember, this research is done to ground our understanding of our chosen topic. There is an organizer if it will help you with this step. Jot down the book and internet sources you visit.

Library Research Day 2: Using the background information you gathered, tell the story of your topic in an interesting and informative manner. When read aloud, this "script" should be 3-5 minutes in length. Be sure to creatively incorporate the background research you did on your topic, and make sure to analyze and script this information in a way that summarizes and makes it your own. I will be around to check in with the storytelling process. You may not get further than this step, because it is the most important step in the process.

Library Research Day 3 & 4: Begin to use ProQuest Historical Newspapers, AP Photo Archive, and Copyright Friendly Images to gather news, photos, and artifacts that would illustrate your story. As you find images you'd like to use, save them to a folder you create on your H: drive or flash stick. We can also scan and save images from books. Do not forget to document sources as you go, and yes all of them will be cited (even from copyright friendly sites). You should also “inventory” each as you go along, so you track which requirements you are meeting. Be sure to save it so you can add to it with each library visit! Remember, you will need a variety of image sources and types. At the minimum look to include. . .

10 Historic Photos: Jot down what you have collected and the site it is from.

5 News Clippings:

5 Artifacts:

Library Day 4 & 5 : Begin to assemble your final product in MovieMaker or Voicethread ( With Voicethread, you must open an account (if you have not done so in a previous class) and then you can "Create" your project by uploading the images you saved in your folder. You should then order them to fit your script and take the time to add any title or data slides, including works cited, (all created in Powerpoint and saved as jpeg's) to help enhance the presentation. Once you've ordered your images, you can "Comment" by clicking on each image and recording the section of script that accompanies it. It will save automatically, but don't worry, it's easy to "trash" and rerecord the narration if you don't like it or you mess up. Once you've finished your presentation, "Share" with Mrs Fusarelli and Dr. Valenza by adding us as friends to view your voicethread. Be sure to make it public and turn the moderation on (all options you'll see when inviting us). Finally, we will embed the finished presentation on the project wikispace under "student projects." If you would like to do this yourself, click "embed", copy the html, then open the wikispace, edit the student project page, add a widget (the TV icon), select other html, paste the copied address and save.