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Service Learning News Story Project

Lesson Plan Published 4/5/17 Last updated on 5/24/19

This lesson by David Smith demonstrates ways in which documentary video can be utilized to create multi-modal 21st century literacy assignments. David's class produce short television news stories promoting service learning and social good projects on campus.


Lesson Outline:

Phase 1: Pre-Production

Students chose a topic, and then learned about storyboarding (to plan shots), outlining, and script production. They scheduled and arranged interviews.

Phase 2: Production

Students learned about how to focus on the story and create a basic narrative structure. They learned to identify basic shots focus on story (wide, close up, medium) and the messages they can help convey. They learned about and shot b roll, and practiced basic audio recording. We also discussed interviewing techniques.

Phase 3: Editing

Using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop, students practiced the following skills as they edited their footage:

  • Importing footage (organizing into folders by projects etc.)
  • In and out points
  • Looking for shots - shot selection/labeling/organizing (bins etc.)
  • Adding basic titles (lower thirds, rolling titles, establishing titles to introduce stories)
  • Making basic audio improvements (with audition or the basic features in PP)

Phase 4: Evaluation

As a class, we reviewed the work. We used the attached rubrics to evaluate and assess our learning.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Content Standards
Video Communication with Adobe Premiere Pro
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Computational Trainer

Video cameras (mobile phones work!). Professional audio and lighting equipment is optional.

CC License
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Dr. Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 4/7/17 8:51:33 PM Permalink

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