This unit was created by
Piedmont Middle School
Berryessa Union School District
San Jose, CA
- Students will research the
information using the resources provided as
well as other books, web sites, music, art
and photographs and the provided research
- Students will work collaboratively in
adapting the provided storyboard
template. They will draw upon
the researched information and media
elements in designing the storyboard
for the Power Point.
- Students will use the provided template
to create their Power Point, which
they designed in making their
- Students will incorporate multimedia
elements in their Power Point presentations,
including spoken sound, music, photographs,
artwork, and possibly video.
students will be encouraged to create short
documentary videos using Microsoft's Photo
Story 3 and Windows Movie Maker (PC) or
iMovie (MAC). The Power Point
storyboard and rubric can be used for the
video project as well.
- Students will present their power
points to the entire class along with an
oral presentation. If possible,
students will also present their power point
to the wider educational community.
- Reflecting upon the knowledge acquired
by doing this project, students will write
individual compositions to express what they
learned by doing these activities.
- During the project, students will keep
a group "project journal" which will detail
what they did during each class work session
and note what they need. As they work
on each section of the project, they will be
assessed using the provided rubrics.
They will use the rubrics to help guide
their continuing work and revisions.
At the end of the project, the
teacher will use the rubrics to assess the
The group will do a dramatic reading of the
slave narrative or interview, using the
transcript. It is desirable that it be