Courage in America: The Civil War LaTasha Arnold, Cliff Kicklighter, Jami O’Connor, Sharon Purucker
Communication, Tools, and Applications• Communication – Email – Wimba – Wiki• Applications – PowerPoint – Windows Movie Maker – Internet
Overview of Project• Digital Story – Character word: Courage – The Civil War and the effects on Georgia • Antietam • Emancipation Proclamation • Gettysburg • Chickamauga • Union Blockade of Georgia’s coast • Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign • Sherman’s March to the Sea
Design, Development , and Production• Topic – Brainstormed ideas – Discussed experiences with such tasks – Divided tasks• Resources – Members searched for and uploaded clips, images, etc. to include within project• PowerPoint vs. Moviemaker – Moviemaker allowed for more editing
Instructional ActivityTitle: Courage in America: A Digital StoryGrade Level: 8th gradeStandard:SS8H6: The student will analyze the impact of the Civil War andReconstruction on Georgia.•b. State the importance of key events of the Civil War to include Antietam,Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, the Union blockade ofGeorgias coast, Shermans Atlanta Campaign, Shermans March to the Sea,and Andersonville.Character Education Trait: CourageActivity: Student produced digital story
Assessment Tools Rubric Multiple Choice Exam 1. The Emancipation Proclamation made a. Abolition _______ the central goal of the war? b. The economyCourage in America Excellent Good Satisfactory NeedsDigital Story Improvement c. Agriculture d. The blockadeContent: 123456 123456 123456 123456 1. Who won the Battle of Antietam? a. The Confederate ArmyIdentifies Identifies all Identifies 4-5 Identifies 2-3 Identifies 2 or less1.Topic content areas. content areas. content areas. content areas. b. The British Army2.Dates c. The Union Army3.Location Uses specific Uses solid examples Connections Contains little or4.Important People examples relating relating to the topic. between examples no examples. d. The Spanish Armada5.Important Fact to the topic. and topic are weak. 1. In what state did the Battle of Gettysburg a. New York6.Example of Majority of theCourage Contains unique All information is Most information is information does take place? b. Tennessee information. relevant and relevant to the not relate to the c. Virginia70% meaningful. topic. topic.Spelling/Grammar Uses advanced Uses correct Many words are Grammar usage d. Pennsylvania punctuation. punctuation. used or spelled distracts the 1. Who proclaimed the blockade of Georgia’s a. General Grant10% incorrectly. reader and Advanced words Most words are interferes with coast? b. Abraham Lincoln are used and spelled correctly. Lacking proper information in the c. General Sherman spelled correctly. punctuation in project. Sentences are places. d. Jefferson Davis Sentence structure complete. Consistent 1. What state was not a Confederate state? a. Virginia is varied. Sentences may be spelling, grammar, fragmented. and punctuation b. North Carolina errors. c. West VirginiaOrganization/ Content is well The overall Most of the content There is no logicalPresentation organized, easy to organization and is logically organized organizational d. Arkansas understand. presentation is and clearly structure. 1. What resulted from the Battle of a. The Union Army surrendered10% appropriate. presented. A variety of Lacks relevant Chickamauga? b. The blockade ended meaningful images Appropriate images Majority of images images and c. The Confederate Army advanced to the north and graphics. and graphics are and graphics relate graphics. used. to the time period. d. The path to Atlanta was opened for the Union Layout is clear and consistent with Layout is visually Layout is ok but Layout is hard to read and/or is Army title, audio, images, appealing with titles, readable with titles, missing any of the 1. Why did the Union Navy block the Atlantic a. To prevent passage of goods to the and video. audio, images, and audio, images, and following: titles, video. video. audio, images, and and Gulf ports? Confederates video. b. To attack the port citiesCreativity/Style Project is unique Project is unique Project shows Project shows and creative in and creative. evidence of little or no c. To prevent Confederate ships from sailing10% approach and creativity, yet lacks evidence of North design. Contains evidence of evidence of creativity. student’s personal student’s personal d. To help the freed slaves escape Student’s personal touch/voice. touch/voice. Presentation is 1. What character trait did the Confederate and a. Kindness touch/voice is messy or evident. At least 4 different Presentation incomplete. Union soldiers show highlighted in the video? b. Intelligence types of appears to be c. Courage A variety of presentation styles rushed and/or Contains 2 or less presentation styles are used. messy. different types of d. Trustworthiness are used (more presentation 1. What battle directly led to the capture of Battle of Kennesaw Mountain than 4): Contains at least 3 styles. Title different types of Atlanta? Battle of Antietam Font presentation styles. Battle of Vicksburg Background Transitions Battle of Resaca Effects 1. What port city did Sherman capture on his a. Port Wentworth Credits march to the sea? b. Brunswick c. Savannah d. Kingsland
Overview of Lessons Learned: ChallengesLaTasha Arnold:My biggest challenge with this project was communication on my part. I was sick with allergy and sinusinfections. This caused some ineffective communication on my end.Cliff Kicklighter:I felt like it was a great challenge to complete a video project at a distance. I also felt like there were notenough “main” parts for the entire group to split up equally.Jami OConnor: Although courage is easily told and discussed, finding images that really portrayed courage was a bitchallenging. The images of battles showed courage but if we had not added the slides explaining courage thenthe viewer may not have taken away courage from the images and may have interpreted the images in theirown way. Taking video from another and adding it to the project. There were conversion issues from email toproject so no matter how many ways we tried, the video still did not work and we had to create an alternatepresentation using the videos of the students.Sharon Purucker:I found it difficult to collaborate on a video project online. Although not impossible, it was a bit difficultincorporating the character trait because the lesson became longer. I found that I was continually updating theclassroom use and instructional activity to make sure the lesson included all information necessary to besuccessful for this project.
Overview of Lessons Learned: Lessons LearnedLaTasha Arnold:This project can benefit any teacher within their classroom. It is a great way to incorporate life skills withincourse content.Cliff Kicklighter:I believe this project will greatly benefit anyone interested in implementing DST into their classroom. I alsobelieve our particular project will benefit anyone teaching the major parts of the Civil War.Jami OConnor:Although courage is easily told and discussed, finding images that really portrayed courage was a bitchallenging. The images of battles showed courage but if we had not added the slides explaining courage thenthe viewer may not have taken away courage from the images and may have interpreted the images in theirown way. Taking video from another and adding it to the project. There were conversion issues from email toproject so no matter how many ways we tried, the video still did not work and we had to create an alternatepresentation using the videos of the studentsSharon Purucker:I found many resources on the Civil War that will benefit eight grade classes. In creating a lesson thatincorporates digital storytelling allows students to have a deeper understanding of the unit. Working withdigital storytelling gives students an opportunity to create multimedia projects.
20/20LaTasha Arnold:I would have tried to communicate more effectively.Cliff Kicklighter:I think our group did a really good job of dividing specific tasks for the project. I wish I could have helped morein the creation of our actual video but, when you work at a distance, that is nearly impossible to do.Jami OConnor:I know some felt they were doing so much for the project while others may have felt they were not doing asmuch as others. A clearer breakdown of the project and expectations may work better on future assignments.More discussion on what exactly the final project should be. It is easy to add too much to a project and makethe project harder than it isSharon Purucker:I would like to find a different format to share and merge different videos. Having the digital story assessmentassigned to the person making the video would make this task easier.