"How To" Speeches using iMovie

emilykemp's picture
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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
Lesson Plan Details
3 to 4 weeks

Students will learn...

• how to present a speech explaining how to do a special skill using iMovie
Inspiration Pages storyboard template (or something similar) iMovie

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to...

• be familiar with Inspiration (both the web and outline forms)

• be able to create a storyboard in Pages using images and text

• be familiar with iMovie or other movie making software


In this lesson, the teacher will...

1. Have students brainstorm a list of activities (hobbies, chores, sports) they do well and would be interested in sharing with the class

2. Once students have chosen a topic, they will brainstorm about how to teach someone their skills using Inspiration.  The teacher may need to model how to do this by choosing a skill such as "baking chocolate chip cookes" and modeling how to create the Inspiration web adding bubbles for each main idea if students are not familiar with using this program. Once students have completed their web with the major steps in learning their skill, they will add notes to each bubble explaining each step carefully. 

3. Once the web and notes are completed in Inspiration, students will transfer their work into a storyboard.  By switching the Inspriation view to "Outline," students can copy and paste each of the sections (main idea bubble and descriptive note) into a part of the storyboard.  Once this is done, studnets can add images.  Images can be added by conducting a free image search via the web or by taking digital pictures. 

4. After the storyboard is complete, students will use it as their plan for their iMovie.  Once the main section of their iMovie (the how-to portion) is completed, students can embellish their work by adding a title page, transitions between images, and credits for their pictures.  Students can also add background music. 

5. After the movie is completed, students should export their movie into iTunes (I usually do this as a mobile movie--this keeps the files manageably small and the processing time as speedy as possible). 

6. All movie speeches are shared with the class. 


***Please see attached rubric below

If students create an iMovie that explains the topic clearly using words and pictures in a way that other students could follow the steps to learn the skill, they will have been successful with this project. 

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1A. Apply existing knowledge to forecast possibilities and generate new ideas, products or processes.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Research and Information Fluency: 
3A. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
3B. Locate, organize and use information ethically from a variety of sources and media.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: 
4B. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
5C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6A. Select, use, and troubleshoot tools efficiently.
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR1A. Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.
CR2A. Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.
CR3A. Take responsibility for decisions and actions and anticipate consequences of decisions and actions.
CR4A. Maintain regular attendance and be on time.
Problem Solving: 
CR2E. Develop a plan to implement the selected course of action.
CR3C Give and receive feedback in a positive manner.
CR3F. Speak clearly, accurately and in a manner appropriate for the intended audience when giving oral instructions, technical reports and business communications.
Employment Foundations: 
CR5A. Apply academic knowledge and technical skills in a career context.
CR5B. Select, apply, and maintain tools and technologies appropriate for the workplace.
Kolleen Bennett's picture

iMovie sounds like a great choice . . . at this point we have videoolicious