Project Overview






Things you'll



Ice Breaker

Group Contract


Sample Project

Video Storyboarding

Web Site Storyboarding






jhgjhgTake your students through this project to have them learn about early US explorers. Teaching the students the technology is not included in the following timeline. You will need to train your students on how to use the software before you start the project. The project was designed with Macromedia Dreamweaver in mind, but it could easily be used with PowerPoint, Netscape Composer, or even Geocities. You will need to make a template on your own computer to use with the project. Click on the Sample Project link to see what the project can look like.


Here's a timeline of activities to create this project.

Day 1: Brainstorm
Introduce topic
Have students come up with explorers (text, internet, own knowledge)
KW on explorers

Day 2: Survey & Choose Explorer
Teacher created survey 1/3 about explorers and what they want to know, 1/3 about technology and what they want to know and what they want to learn, and 1/3 about what they like doing in groups.

Have students choose which explorer they want to work on. My students will be choosing from John Cabot, Hernan Cortez, Jacques Cartier, Henry Hudson, Francisco Coronado, Robert de La Salle, and Juan Ponce de Leon.
HW -Take survey home for parents

Day 3: Collaboration
Students will get put into groups
5-minute icebreaker
Group contract, roles, responsibilities defined
Jobs assigned and put into writing for teacher
HW - Students will be bringing in information from any sources on their explorer.

Day 4: Assessment & What info do we need?
Give examples of rubrics
Break students into their groups and give them a rubric category. They will have to come up the criteria for that category. Take their ideas and put it into a rubric.
When groups are finished they need to create a list of what information they need and where do they think they are going to find the info, Share out.

Day 5: Edit Rubric and use with sample project
Show student first draft of rubric. Make any changes they feel necessary, (with your veto power).
Have them use the rubric to grade your sample project. (Work in groups of two)
Meet back and review what this person could do with the information and make any final edits to rubric.

Day 6: First day of Research Gathering
Students will be introduced to information that is available to them.
Library books
Students will begin gathering information. Teacher should review how to take notes and may need to spend a day on what types of information should be their focus.

Day 7- Day 11: Research Gathering + Writing Rough Draft
Students will be gathering information in their groups with individual jobs that were decided on in Day 3.
When they finish they can write a rough draft of their assignment.
They need to find someone to edit their work.
They can begin putting it into word on the computer.

Day 12: Class Edit
Students will edit other rough drafts and make three good comments and three helpful comments. Students will use rubric to edit with so they can see what they need to do to get a better grade!
HW – Students will take home and rewrite rough draft with the edits. Students will have one week to get it on a computer in Word

Day 13: Regrouping
Groups are introduced to the storyboarding concept for their website. They will need to come up with ideas about how they want to design their storyboard. They need to assign new jobs that relate to the final project.

Day 14-18: Storyboarding
Group members design storyboards – one for website + one for video.

Day 19 – Day 20: Storyboarding Share Out
Groups share their storyboards and roughdrafts with the class.
The class will have an opportunity for constructive criticism and positives. (Warm and cool)

Day 21: Storyboard Editing

Day 22 – Day 28 Transition from Storyboard to Website & Video
One to two group members have been trained in the website software Dreamweaver and are familiar with the template. They will begin inputting the ideas from the storyboard into the template.
One to two group members will trained on iMovie and will be creating the story for their video.

Day 22 – Day 25: Video Shooting
Groups have scheduled times to use video equipment.

Day 26 – Day 27: Subgroup Reunited
The subgroups of the website and the video come together and present what they have completed. They talk about final edits and they incorporate the video into the final website.

Day 28: Group Assessment
Group completes self-evaluation

Day 29: Presentations
Groups share out with class. Class evaluated projects and teacher evaluates project. Class shares positives with group and light criticism.

Day 30: Assessment Review
Group conferences with teacher and receives all evaluations

Day 31: Project Assessment
Class reviews project guideline, criteria, timeline, etc. and reviews positives and negatives of project. Finish KWL


Project created by Victoria Calderhead at EWYL, 2004