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Video Documentary Curriculum: Life Chronicles

Curriculum Published 6/18/14 Last updated on 2/28/20

In this 8-session video documentary curriculum, youth use a video editing software, such as Adobe Premiere Elements, to create a short documentary. Young people will be asked to be creative within the constraints of a “portrait” documentary about a living individual. They will collaborate around storytelling and editing to illustrate the interview subject’s “story” through images, which can be archival, present time, symbolic, or experimental.

Educators will find facilitation tips and strategies in this and in other resources from the collection. Learn to help students utilize media tools to communicate their ideas effectively and tell their stories in unique and personal ways.

Throughout the curriculum selected youth media projects are referenced to watch and reflect on. This collection of youth media can be found on the Create with Purpose Vimeo Channel.

  • Adobe Premiere Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your videos.

Age Levels
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Knowledge Constructor
  • Computers
  • Video editing software, such as Adobe Premiere Elements
  • Projector/Monitor (to screen media)
  • External Speakers
  • Digital Video Cameras and Tripods
  • Microphones
  • Headphones
  • RCA to Mini/AV cable to connect camera to projector
  • Flip Chart Paper and Markers
  • Storyboard Template
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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 8/31/19 9:51:48 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing

Jeffrey Charles

Posted on 5/22/19 8:45:28 PM Permalink

​Love the idea of empowering students with choice & purpose.

Zechariah Sayou

Posted on 4/29/19 8:01:52 AM Permalink

​Great job, Thanks guy's

Geeta Sadashivan

Posted on 2/12/19 1:00:04 AM Permalink

​This is a very useful resource! I teach students to write a profile based on someone they know who has an interesting job. Some of them come up empty, so I was really excited to see your warm-up activity -- I think it's a really good way to pull stories out of students' memories.

Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/22/18 2:02:10 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing these great resources

Mary-Elizabeth O'Toole

Posted on 4/29/18 4:28:29 PM Permalink

​great tips and details for implementing this project. Thanks for sharing.

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 4/25/17 8:07:14 PM Permalink

​Excellent resource! n This Life Nothing Is Impossible was also very good

Mihaela Stir

Posted on 2/23/16 4:19:16 PM Permalink

Mihaela Stir

Posted on 2/23/16 4:17:57 PM Permalink

Jan Hunsicker

Posted on 7/6/15 10:16:46 PM Permalink

I really like this. I like the resources you provide. I had not seen the SAMS worksheet before and think it is a great way to get film writers to think about the story they are trying to tell. Nice work.

David Duncan

Posted on 4/30/15 4:47:33 PM Permalink

I like this. I have been tasked with filming what will turn out to be a daily news program for my school and the material that is included is a great way to both train and refresh the memories of the students who will be involved. I really do like the SAMS worksheet and intend to incorporate it in the reflection portion of my assignments.

Dhanaraj Keezhara

Posted on 11/25/14 6:12:39 PM Permalink

Very interesting. I also feel that the curriculum &resources will be very useful to guide the students in media making process.

Dustin McOnie

Posted on 11/21/14 8:51:52 AM Permalink

Against the fence. Powerful and emotive.

Alisha Crawford

Posted on 11/12/14 10:46:13 PM Permalink

This is what AYV is all about getting youth to use their imaginations and their views to talk about, portray and express the world around them. This is powerful stuff.

Aya Mizukoshi

Posted on 11/7/14 4:22:55 PM Permalink

great activities.

Timothy Allen

Posted on 10/10/14 9:40:17 AM Permalink

Excellent activities and resources for this video. I look forward to experimenting with them!