Lessons 8-13:


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

  1. Insert visual and auditory media into Microsoft Movie Maker
  2. Transfer their storyboard into Microsoft Movie Maker
  3. Upload the completed Digital Storybook to Youtube

Teacher Materials:

Student Materials:

  • Computer with internet access, Microsoft Moviemaker, Youtube, completed storyboards

Guided Practice:

  • Divide students into their groups at computers and have them open Microsoft Moviemaker.
  • Help students with questions and challenges.


Students will work at their own pace for five days obtaining media and creating their videos. They may have to change their stories and record voice using a microphone. These should be the biggest challenges the groups face, and both may be addressed using the Microsoft Movie Maker software. It is important to remind students that they cannot record voice and an audio track simultaneously on their videos. Rather, they have to record one or the other, save the file, and then record sound over it. Consequently, the saved file is rigid and cannot be changed to accomodate timing of slides or effects. Students should be encouraged to stay on task, as five days may seem like a great deal of time, but these movies will require every minute if the product is to meet the unit objectives.


Students will be assessed according to their performance in class, the quality of their video and its appearance on Youtube, and the File:Digital Storybook Project Instructions.doc. The Chapters 13 and 14 exam will assess NYS curriculum content, along with the 8th grade social studies assessment that will be completed next spring.

US History Through Digital Storybooks

ETAP 623 Spring 2010