Basic Video editing software
This planned lesson for this project involved using it as a way to teach students about Huck Finn. However, this project could easily be used if you were planning to teach any other satirist and, with some mild adaptation, it could even be used for other areas entirely. Having a student write and perform on a subject should, hopefully, provide them with a deeper understanding of how that something works. This is the theory behind this project.
Planned for 11th-12th graders.
Step 1: Groups
(Teacher assignments necessary depending on who has access to video cameras. If the school can provide cameras, than other means of forming groups can be applied.
Step 2: News Articles
Their criteria for choosing an article is provided via a guide.
The Guide for choosing a news article:
Does the article detail recent events?
Does it display an act of government or business that seems disagreeable (ie. a new law banning something that you think shouldn't be banned, or a restaurant refusing to serve a certain condiment with their food)? Whatever it is, the idea should seem ridiculous to you.
Step 3: Paragraph
(This is a check for understanding)
Does the paragraph explain why the author thinks this article should be satirized?
Does the paragraph explain how the author would satirize the article?
Does it answer these questions thoroughly and completely?
Step 4: Groups Decide Which to Write and Film
Does the article present an act of politics or business that the group finds disagreeable?
Does the group see how they could show why they find it disagreeable with humor?
Would this potential satire be effective?
An article that answers in the affirmative for these three questions would be a good article to continue with.
Step 5: Script
As far as characters go, the script must have, at least, an Anchor, a Reporter, and an Interviewee. If there are more than 3 people in the group, they can add A Co-Anchor, a Guest Expert, or a random character that would fit into their video.
Further, they students will also be provided with the rubric that the film will be graded on, which they can use as a content guide.
Step 6: Film
The students will have the option of using the classroom for filming, but they must sign up for times before school, after school, or during the teacher's free period.
Step 7: Present the Films
A particularly polished example of what a video might look like: