Below is a lesson we have used in Government class to prepare for Bill of Rights Week in December. The class will be hosting debates surrounding current controversial issues that relate to the Bill of Rights. These Photo Stories will serve as an introduction!

- Jeanette Black - Technology Coach- Tim Whited - Government Teacher
Penn Cambria High School


Bill of Rights – Fall 2007
Objective: Students will be able to analyze a controversial issue related to the Bill of Rights or the Constitution by preparing a short overview of one side of the issue.
This overview will serve as the “hook” to stimulate class debates and to demonstrate the relevance of the Bill of Rights in society today. It should be approximately 1 minute in length only!

DAY 1
  • Introduction to the project. Show students a sample project.
  • Students, in groups of 4, must choose a topic from the teacher provided list. The students will then break into 2 subgroups of 2 and each pair will be responsible for creating the overview for each side of the controversy. Your personal opinions do not have to match your overview. We are ultimately trying to show both sides of the issue.
  • Groups will begin gathering information using the Opposing Viewpoints Database.
    • Login to Novell
    • Go to My Computer
    • Choose Data on HS F: - this is the F: drive
    • Double click on the APPS folder—Double click on the Library Applications folder
    • Double Click on Opposing Viewpoints
  • Groups will begin outlining their arguments and brainstorming possible images to use in the Photo Story.

DAY 2
  • Complete research
  • Begin Storyboarding and image searching.
    • Caution: If you find images online, make sure they are large enough to view on a full screen. For example, if you try to use the thumbnail images that show up on a Google search, they will be very blurry.
    • Try using the AP Multimedia Archive photo database in POWERlibrary.
      • Login to Novell
      • Go to My Computer
      • Choose Data on HS F: - this is the F: drive
      • Double click on the APPS folder—Double click on the Library Applications folder
      • Double Click on POWERlibrary and choose the AP MultiMedia Archive
  • You must turn in your storyboard to the teacher by the end of class for his approval before actually beginning the Photo Story!

DAY 3 - 4

  • Finish gathering images
  • Photo Story Production (the directions for using the program are provided).