Lesson 3:



At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. describe the objectives of the Digital Storybook Project.
  2. demonstrate how to create a storyboard.

Teacher Materials:

SS7 Digital Storybook WMV and SS7 Digital Storybook MWSMM, How to Create a Storyboard.ppt, File:Digital Storybook Project Instructions.doc

Student Materials:

Notes, pen/pencil

Anticipatory Set:

  • Write the warmup on the board: In what ways was sectionalism increasing after The Era of Good Feelings? Loyalty toward regions increased after the 1820s as a result of political and economic policy and social differences. Tariffs, the expansion of slavery into the west, Manifest Destiny, women’s rights, and socio-cultural differences between the North and South caused turbulence within the United States in the Antebellum years of the United States. Students may elaborate on key people, events, and thoughts from this conversation.
  • For the next two chapters, which discuss northern and southern people, economies, and social movements, we will be completing the Digital Storybook Project.
  • Show the introductory video for the project

Guided Practice:

  • Project these objectives onto the whiteboard and discuss them with students.
  1. Understand the nature and effect of changes on society and individuals as the United States began to move from an agrarian to an industrial economy.
  2. Describe historic events through the eyes and experiences of those who were there.
  3. Explore the meaning of American culture by identifying the key ideas, beliefs, patterns of behavior, and traditions that help define it and unite all Americans.
  4. Describe the relationships between people and environments and the connections between people and places.
  5. Use a number of research skills (e.g., computer databases, periodicals, census reports, maps, standard reference works, interviews, surveys) to locate and gather geographical information about issues and problems.
  6. Collaborate with classmates in a group setting to researching a provided topic.
  7. Create a digital storybook with classmates using Microsoft Moviemaker.
  8. Post a digital storybook to Youtube.
  • Complete the Storyboard PowerPoint:
  • Show that Microsoft Moviemaker has a very simplistic Storyboard and that the tiles can be moved around.
  • However, if sound has already been assigned, it may not move as well.


Review with the students the key objectives of the project and the method for creating a storyboard. The key content will be covered tomorrow.


Students will be assessed according to their performance in class, the Digital Storybook they create in class, their ability to collaborate, their performance on the final exam this year, and their performance on the 8th grade assessment.

Lesson 6:

US History Through Digital Storybooks

ETAP 623 Spring 2010