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Plan a Multimedia Show About a Famous Woman

Students will select a famous woman, conduct research to learn about her life and then brainstorm ideas for a multimedia show about her. They will create a storyboard outlining their ideas.

PROCESS:

  1. Remind students that "Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall," which they read about in the article, is National Geographic's new multimedia exhibition about Jane Goodall's life and career. It tells her story through a collection of childhood possessions, a 3-D film and even a "Chimp Chat" station that invites users to mimic various primate vocalizations.
  2. Inform students that a multimedia presentation is exactly what it sounds like. It is an exhibit that introduces visitors to a subject through different types of media including physical artifacts, audio, video, photographs, maps, games, animations and more.
  3. Invite volunteers to describe multimedia shows they've seen. Discuss how exploring the subject through a variety of mediums enhances the visitor's experience.
  4. Have students select a famous woman in history. Encourage them to conduct research to learn about her life and career. Challenge them to find photos, maps, videos and artifactssuch as Jane Goodall's childhood books and stuffed toy primate named Jubileethat tell something important about her past.
  5. Give students time to brainstorm ideas about how they could organize the items they found to create a compelling multimedia show about the woman they selected. Then challenge them to create a storyboard that takes visitors through key parts of their exhibit. Each storyboard must be at least six frames long. Each frame must contain visuals and a text block or script that visitors would read or hear while making their way through the exhibit.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to present their storyboards to the class. Encourage classmates to identify the different types of media included in each and to evaluate how effectively the elements work together to tell the woman's story.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Have students complete the project in small groups. Instruct them to include at least two different types of media as they plan how to tell the woman's story.
Grades 5-6:
Have students complete the project in small groups. Instruct them to include at least three different types of media as they plan how to tell the woman's story.
Grades 7-8:
Have students complete the project in pairs. Instruct them to include at least four different types of media as they plan how to tell the woman's story. Challenge them to record sources for each item they plan to include in their multimedia exhibit.
Grades 9-10:
Have students complete the project in pairs. Instruct them to include at least five different types of media as they plan how to tell the woman's story. Then, utilizing their own special talents, encourage students to create a slide show, animation, game or other feature that would be part of their multimedia exhibit.