Recreating & Documenting History Using iMovie

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Fourth-graders at Connolly Elementary School brought historical characters to life in a special presentation that served as the culminating activity for their study of historical biographies. Students in Erin O’Beirne and Valerie Scicchitano’s class worked in pairs, researching information and gathering pictures on their assigned historical figures, which ranged from Hiawatha, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Mary Todd Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt. Prior, the students learned about historical icons that fought for civil and human rights during the past 1,000 years. Using their research and the iMovie video editing application, and dressing in costume as their assigned figure, each group created a narrated documentary for their presentation.

The project, which aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, emphasized reading, writing and core social studies components that entirely support and supplement the students’ regular classroom curriculum.