Yorktown80.JPGStories of the American Revolution

Digital storytelling is a modern version of an old practice. In the past people would gather to listen to stories of events or people that had past. Today we can tell our own stories, but use modern tools to reach more people and bring the stories to life.

In this project you might assume the identity of an important individual from the Revolutionary War period or present an important battle or event. You are to research the person, battle or event and use your research to write a story from the point of view of the real person or an imagined person from the event. For example, if you are researching the Boston Tea Party you might write your story from the point of view of a British soldier or merchant.

Remember, your story should be in first person and the finished project should be about two minutes. Your written story should be 3/4 to 1 page of 12pt font size and will be turned in with your storyboard. After you write the story it will be put together with images and/or music that helps show the story. Don't forget that this project counts as a test grade, so make your efforts show. Check out the to see how your story will be graded.
Below are steps to the process and resources to help you along the way. Good luck and have fun.

What does a digital story need?
Elements of a Digital Story
The Digital Storytelling Process
Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling

Where do I start?
Liberty - The American Revolution
The American Revolution - Use the navigation on the top left to find battles, people and places
British Battles - Use the navigation on the left, scroll to American Revolutionary War
Archiving Early America - maps, images, and links to information on people and events
History of the USA - Timeline of events
History Central - Biographies

Where can I get images and music?
Classroom Clipart- http://www.classroomclipart.com - images and maps
Creative Commons - http://creativecommons.org
American Memory from the Library of Congress - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/
The New York Public Library Picture Collection - http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/
Picture History - http://www.picturehistory.com/
Pics4Learning - http://www.pics4learning.com/
FreeFoto.com - http://www.freefoto.com/
The Free Site - http://thefreesite.com/

Freeplay Music - http://freeplaymusic.com/
FindSounds - http://findsounds.com/
Sounddogs.com - http://www.sounddogs.com
Free Music for Children - http://freekidsmusic.com/

What should my storyboard look like? Where do I get a storyboard?
Storyboards are used to help you plan out how your pictures and words are going to go together. Take a look at this storyboard to see how it works. Use this storyboard template to help you plan.

I have my story. Now what?
Now that you have a story and a storyboard, you can begin creating your story in Windows Movie Maker. Ask if you need assistance with creating your story or use the tutorials listed below.

Help! How do I... Movie Maker Tutorials
Find everything that you need with these Atomic Learning Tutorials

Use the to make sure you include all of the necessary information.