ALEX Learning Activity

  

Breaking News: Then and Now

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Lane Kulovitz
System:Talladega County
School:Talladega County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2318
Title:
Breaking News: Then and Now
Digital Tool/Resource:
iMovie
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

After studying the primary reasons for the Fall of Rome, students will collaborate to create a video where they compare/contrast the events that led to the Fall of Rome and what is happening in the United States today. Is America following in their footsteps?

*This activity may take several days for students to complete.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 8
World History to 1500
7 ) Describe the widespread impact of the Roman Empire.

Example: spread of Roman law and political theory, citizenship and slavery, architecture and engineering, religions, sculptures and paintings, literature, and the Latin language

•  Tracing important aspects of the diffusion of Christianity, including its relationship to Judaism, missionary impulse, organizational development, transition from persecution to acceptance in the Roman Empire, and church doctrine
•  Explaining the role of economics, societal changes, Christianity, political and military problems, external factors, and the size and diversity of the Roman Empire in its decline and fall
Insight Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: World History to 1500
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Analyze the history and impact of the Roman Empire on later societies.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • diffusion
  • persecution
  • doctrine
  • external factors
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The impact/influence of the Roman Empire on the world including cultural achievements.
  • How to trace important aspects of the spread of Christianity such as how it relates to Judaism, its organization, and its doctrine. The reasons behind the decline and fall of Rome including economics, societal changes, Christianity, political and military problems, external factors, and the size and diversity of the empire.
  • Long-lasting Roman influences.
  • The important aspects of Christianity in the Roman Empire, including how it relates to other religions and its influence on Roman society.
  • The role of economics, politics, size/diversity, and societal changes in the decline and fall of Rome.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Analyze textual evidence of primary and secondary sources.
  • Locate places on a map.
  • Identify the effects of religious beliefs and practices on societies.
  • Identify the cause and effect of economic changes on societies.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • The Roman Empire impacted and influenced later societies.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.8.7- Compare at least one modern aspect of culture to one ancient aspect.


Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • locate and curate information from digital sources to answer given research questions.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • curate
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to find valid sources to answer a given research topic.
  • cite sources.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • locate valid digital resources to answer given research questions.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • a great deal of information is available.
  • it is important to validate information and to cite the source of information.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • produce a multimedia artifact.
  • review artifacts created by others.
  • revise an artifact based on peer or teacher feedback.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • feedback is important in a design process.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • create a multimedia artifact.
  • critique the work of others.
  • revise their work based on feedback received.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • much like the writing process, design of a multimedia artifact nets the best results when creators have the opportunity to be given feedback and revise as needed.
Learning Objectives:

Learning Target:

  • What were the primary reasons for the Fall of Rome and is America following in their footsteps?

I can:

  • Explain how the Roman Empire impacted and influenced later societies.

     

  • Use a digital tool to create an informational video.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:

*This lesson is to be completed after studying the events that led to the Fall of Rome.

  • Divide students into groups of four and assign jobs using the job cards.

  • Student groups will collaborate to develop a list of the primary reasons for the Fall of Rome and compare them to events that have happened or are happening in America today. Students will answer the question: What were the primary reasons for the Fall of Rome and is America following in their footsteps?

  • Students will collaborate to write a script for their breaking news report. *Once completed, groups will submit to Google Classroom.

  • Based on student jobs, research will be conducted, works will be cited, videos will be taken, and pictures and videos will be uploaded. *Please look at the checklist to see the checkpoints along the way. Students will need to upload evidence along the way in Google Classroom.

  • Students will use a video editing tool to create their breaking news report.

    Tools that can be used: WeVideo (a free video editing tool, limited to 5-minute video), Windows Movie Maker, and iMovie.

  • Student groups will share news report with class.

Assessment Strategies:

Students will be assessed using this checklist.


Advanced Preparation:

  • Familiarize yourself with the video editing tool of your choice. (WeVideo (a video editing tool, limited to 5-minute video), Windows Movie Maker (video editing program on Windows computers), or iMovie (video editing program on Apple products.)

  • Create an assignment in Google Classroom where students can upload components of their project (based on evidence needed which is listed on the grading checklist.)
Variation Tips (optional):

A variety of video editing tools can be used based on the operating system and/or device you are using to record and edit the video(s).

Tools that can be used: 

iMovie (if using Apple device)

WeVideo

Windows Movie Maker

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: Fall of Rome