And Action!: Directing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom


And Action! Directing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom provides social studies educators with the background knowledge, conceptual understanding, and tools necessary to design and facilitate classroom documentary projects in the K-12 social studies classroom. The authors have spent more than ten years in classrooms working collaboratively with teachers to design and research classroom documentary projects. Recognizing the challenges of this kind of work, the authors partnered with filmmakers, ...

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And Action! Directing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom provides social studies educators with the background knowledge, conceptual understanding, and tools necessary to design and facilitate classroom documentary projects in the K-12 social studies classroom. The authors have spent more than ten years in classrooms working collaboratively with teachers to design and research classroom documentary projects. Recognizing the challenges of this kind of work, the authors partnered with filmmakers, historians, educational technologists, and classroom teachers with experience in leading documentary projects to refine a production process that more closely mirrors the work of filmmakers.

With this book, the authors draw on all of these experiences to assist social studies educators to efficiently and effectively structure and assess documentary projects. Educators will learn ways to transition student learning away from “digital encyclopedia entries” toward a more authentic documentary approach that focuses on disciplined inquiry and the use of evidenced-based arguments.

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Editorial Reviews

Peter Levine
Making documentaries is a powerful educational experience, but it can seem daunting. And Action! makes the whole process understandable and manageable. It is based on extensive research, real-world examples, and the authors' own practical experience. Inspiring as well as informative and wise, it is the must-read book for teachers who make documentaries. Anyone who reads it will want to be one of those teachers.
S. G. Grant
In And Action!, Swan and Hofer have made an important contribution to the literature on school documentary making andon teaching social studies in ambitious ways. Although they cannot add more hours to the instructional day, Swan and Hofer offer the kind of practical insights into documentary making that should help teachers see the vast potential inherent in this engaging instructional approach.
Gilbert M. Grosvenor
How well our children learn geography today will in large measure determine the success their generation will have in coping with Earth’s environmental conditions, preserving our natural resources, formulating national policy, and shaping global understanding in the future. We owe them no less than to equip them with the best possible tools we can devise. This book is part of that process by providing teachers with guidance for history’s most tech-savvy generation—their own K-12 students. Example-rich and employing a thoughtful approach, And Action! will broaden young people’s world-awareness while encouraging them to explore and refine their own storytelling perspective.
Kristen Wojdan
If you are a teacher who values authentic, experiential learning opportunities to engage learners, And Action! is the perfect resource for you. This book gives teachers the “success formula” for an innovative, project-based learning experience for their students. Easy to integrate into instructional best practices, And Action! has it all: research skills, literacy skills, communication skills, technology skills, and critical thinking skills. I especially like the production process outlined in the book. I feel confident that I can guide students through a digital filmmaking process and facilitate meaningful learning opportunities that empower students to take ownership for their learning as they acquire critical thinking and filmmaking skills that they can apply throughout their lifetimes. A must-have for teachers who want to stay fresh and keep their students engaged in learning!
Susan Griffin
Swan and Hofer move beyond advocacy and do the hard work of teaching us how we equip students with the knowledge and skills to do documentary making well. As students creatively build evidence-based arguments and interpretations on important social issues and events, they are developing civic skills necessary to sustaining a vibrant democracy. If you are an ambitious teacher looking for powerful ways to engage your students in the kind of authentic intellectual work that should be a part of any learning experience, And Action! Directing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom is an essential resource to help move you along on your professional journey.
KaiLonnie Dunsmore
As a former social studies teacher myself, I know that the power of this discipline is activated when we engage students in projects that help them investigate questions that matter to them in ways that are informed by the historical, social, geographical, and cultural world that surrounds them.The approach described in this book rests on a sophisticated 21st century understanding of the social technologies that permeate kids’ lives and the ways they can be used instructionally to invigorate and support the complex literacy practices associated with personally meaningful and civic minded action.I love this book – it’s well written and accessible. I love this approach – it’s doable for every teacher.I love the possibility it provides to our communities - when students take an intentionally active stance on experiences based upon thoughtful analysis of events and people we get authentic, excited, and civically engaged members.
Helen A. Soule
And Action! is a valuable guide for teachers seeking to engage students in the acquisition of 21st century skills through the creation of digital documentary projects. It presents examplesof 21st century learning in action and provides research-based tools, reproducible resources andpractical advice from the field for educators.
John Lee
New technologies are a constant feature of education these days, but rarely do we see as thoughtful a consideration as this book offers for how to use technology in the classroom. Swan and Hofer pull back thecurtainon documentary film making in social studies and provide teachers withan invaluable guide for innovative teaching and learning. This book offers a groundbreaking approach to teaching and learning social studies education. Swan and Hofer break down the complexities of documentary film and give teachers a compelling story about how to elevate their practicethroughstudent inquiry and film. The combination of intellectual and practical guidance in this book is refreshing. Documentary film is hard work for sure, but Swan and Hofer break down that process for teachers who aspire to go beyond the everyday.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475801484
  • Publisher: R & L Education
  • Publication date: 11/28/2013
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Swan is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Kentucky whose research focuses on standards-based technology integration, authentic intellectual work, and documentary-making in the social studies classroom. Swan has been a four-time recipient of the National Technology Leadership Award in Social Studies Education, innovating with web-based interactive technology curricula.

Mark Hofer is an associate professor of educational technology in the School of Education at the College of William & Mary whose research focuses on curriculum-based technology integration, classroom documentary filmmaking, and educational technology professional development. He is the co-creator of the Historical Scene Investigation Project, theDigital Directors Guild and Digital Docs in a Box.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Setting the Scene: A Rationale for Student Documentaries in the Classroom
Chapter 2: Writing with Light: Preparing for a Documentary Project
Chapter 3: Getting a Grip: Phase I – Research
Chapter 4: Making the Pitch: Phase II - Documentary Treatment
Chapter 5: Framing the Story: Phase III - Storyboarding
Chapter 6: Quiet on the set! Phase IV - Film Production
Chapter 7: Premiering the Films: Sharing Student Work
Chapter 8: It's a Wrap: Parting Thoughts to Executive Producers

Appendix A: Documentary Rubric
Appendix B: Core Argument Template
Appendix C: Sample Core Argument Template
Appendix D: Documentary Treatment Template
Appendix E: Sample Documentary Treatment Template
Appendix F: Storyboard Template
Appendix G: Documentary Tool Comparison Chart
Appendix H: Student Production Role Checklist

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