Glenn Gougler, NBCT, MTI – Barringer Fellow
West Mifflin Area Middle School
81 Commonwealth Ave.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Students will be able to:
Prior knowledge of Thomas Jefferson or assigning research prior will speed up the process by eliminating or reducing in class research time. Prior knowledge of iPad use and iMovie trailer is helpful but not necessary.
Virginia Standards and Common Core Standards
Virginia State Standards:
Common Core Standards:
This activity should help students to connect the importance of education to the shaping of the future lives of those who pursue it with passion.
The outcome of this activity should be the production of a clear, factually based video that sends a clear message addressing Jefferson's passion for education and its impact on our nation.
Students will research Jefferson's passionate views on the importance of education for himself and for the future of our new country. Students should start by investigating these views by using Jefferson's own words. His quotes on education can be found here:
**It is important that students copy several of these quotes, they will be needed in the creation of the iMovie Trailer.
Students could also access"The Age of Jefferson" MOOC(Massive Open Online Course) with Peter Onuf at the University of Virginia, Week 6. It can be found through iTunes University.
*NOTE: Classtime spent on research can be reduced or eliminated by assigning the research portion in advance.
Students will begin creation of their iMovie trailer by picking one of the available trailer templates. If you would prefer to see them plan out their trailer first, storyboard planners can be found at:
Students should start work on their trailer by replacing the text on the storyboard page that allows them to outline and tell the story they want to get across regarding Jefferson's passion for education. (With the text storyline in place, it will guide students through their picture research and help them organize the use of these pictures.)
Students will next research photos that help show Jefferson's passion and belief in the importance of education. Teacher can vary the requirements for the photos (i.e. time period requirements) if they'd like. How students should save these photos to the iPad to allow them to be used will depend on the configuration of their iPads.
An example can be found at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rbCVeOiEc6E
iPad with iMovie installed, internet access
If research is assigned prior to class to save time, research should be assessed for accuracy, relevance, and amount.
Assessment will vary according to the teacher's instructional goals and decision about whether this activity is to be done individually, with a partner, or with a group. The iMovie trailer could be used as a reward activity if the teacher's emphasis is on research. If the trailer is to be assessed, the teacher should focus on the following questions:
Teachers may also want to include a self-reflection prompt and/or group member evaluation if relevant.
The teacher could choose a specific trailer and create a handout with text already created for the students to follow so that they only have to research pictures to use.
Choose a specific trailer template that you think would be a bit harder to connect to education.
Require different background music to be chosen by the student.
Require students to research and use the names of specific individuals who helped to educate Jefferson at some point in his life in the end credits.
Using the storyboard planning outlines referenced in this lesson, have students compose brief justifications for each picture that they used.