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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
Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Technology Operations and Concepts

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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