Middle Ages News Report Center 3



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Middle Ages News Report

Center 3

Developed by Allison Goodwin




GLEs:

Describe key features of the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and the Age of Enlightenment 

(H-1C-H7).






Introduction:

The unit focuses on the fundamental changes in societies brought about by the Renaissance, the Reformation, and global exploration. Students will understand the social, technological, political, and economic bases for the Renaissance, the Reformation, and global exploration as well as how those events transformed society.




Task:

You are a news reporter working for “Middle Ages TV”. You are doing a feature story on one of the following events:

  1. Joan of Arc including her capture, trial, and execution

  2. The decline and fall of the Empire of Trebizond

  3. Christopher Columbus reaching and “discovery” of the New World (the “end” of the Middle Ages).

As a journalist, you must be detailed and include all the facts (no opinions), making sure to keep the story informative as well as entertaining to the viewer. Remember to include the following details in your story:

  1. Who is the person(s) involved?

  2. Where and when did the event take place?

  3. What was the conclusion of the story?

Your news report will be created in “Movie Maker” and should include pictures and/or video that enhances your story. Your feature should be 1-2 minutes long.
Essential Question:

How did the chosen event make a major impact on the late Middle Ages and beyond?






Process:

  • You will choose a role within the group (writer, researcher, editor) you will then choose someone to “voice” your news report.

  • Although each team member will have a role, everyone is expected to help their fellow teammates as necessary.

  1. Chose one of the features listed above for your news story.

  2. Write a rough draft of a story of your chosen feature story.

  3. Gather information (pictures, articles, video) for your feature using the following sites:

Net Trekker

  • Go to www.cpsb.org

  • Click the Parent/Student tab on the home page.

  • Under the resources column, click on Net Trekker in order to go to that site. This is the site in which you will gather information for your feature.

  • Gather as much related information as you can from this site and save on your jump drive.

  • Once all information is gathered from Net Trekker, exit out of the site.


World Book Online

  • Go to www.cpsb.org

  • Click the Parent/Student tab on the home page.

  • Under the resources column, click on World Book Online in order to go to that site. This is an additional site in which you will gather information for your feature.

  • Gather as much related information as you can from this site and save on your jump drive.

  • Once all information is gathered from World Book Online, exit out of the site.

  1. If more gathered information is need, inform the teacher so she can recommend approved websites.

  2. Revise your written script, if necessary.

  3. Go to the start menu on your computer.

  4. Scroll down and open Windows Media Player.

  5. Using the information gathered in Net Trekker, World Book, and teacher resources (if applicable) as well as the written script; create a news report based on your chosen feature.

  6. Once complete, review your feature by watching the entire story. Revise if necessary.

  7. Finalize movie for presentation.




Evaluation:

You will be evaluated on this task according to the rubric created for this assignment. Please see attached rubric. Each group will present their final feature story to the class and your grade will be based on the guidelines listed on the rubric and how the student follows those guidelines. Although you will be working as a group, 50% of your grade will be based on your group work and 50% of your grade will be based on your individual work within the group.




Conclusion:

At the conclusion of the lesson, you should have examined and demonstrated a major event that occurred in the late Middle Ages. What were some of the new things you learned (if any)? How could this be incorporated into an open discussion for the entire class? Were you able to answer the essential question listed above? For more information on the Middle Ages, go to www.themiddleages.net.




Adapted from resources found at the following website

http://webquest.sdsu.edu/templates/lesson-template1.htm
Based on a template from The WebQuest Page


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