Have students edit and revise their videos using a program like iMovie or Movie Maker.
follow their storyboards to cut their original footage together, add transition elements (e.g. fade-outs, dissolves, and freeze frames); record the narration; add music or sound effects and a tag line
share their work in progress with their peers and teacher for feedback
continue to make changes until they are satisfied with their PSA
reflect on how they worked as a group, the decisions they made, and how they feel about their finished product, including anything they would do differently in future projects
One of the interesting outcomes of this experience was to see how the students were able to craft their story in ways they were unable to do in print. In this short clip the students were able to reveal their character to their readers, by showing, not telling her feelings and thoughts. There is a definite beginning, rising tension created by the use of slow motion and the sound of the shot, as well as a powerful ending. We felt it was important to help students make this connection back to how authors construct narratives in print texts.
View one of the PSAs here.
CELEBRATION: LAUNCHING THE PSAs
Teachers, parents and students were invited to view the ads and to hear a presentation from each student explaining what they were trying to do and why and how they made particular choices. They also talked about the action they hoped their audience would take after viewing the ad. The audience reaction to the PSAs was very positive and the students felt a great sense of accomplishment. They were empowered and had a real world experience in how people can make change.
ReadWriteThink has an inquiry-based project for grades 6-8 in which students explore a range of resources on fair use and copyright then design their own audio PSAs.