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Project 1 - "Science Academy Award"

posted Jul 31, 2012, 7:01 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 4:30 AM ]
There have been so many movies based on science throughout the years, from "The Blob" or "Frankenstein" to the modern "Hulk" and others.  Now it's your turn!
While we don't expect you to make a Hollywood blockbuster (unless you secretly have $100 million funding and a talented crew), your first project will combine your science content and language arts skill, along with new video production techniques and team collaboration, to create a very short science "movie trailer" or "short".

General Timeline

  • Aug. 6 - Day 1, we begin!
  • Aug. 7 - Project is begun.  You will have assignments from each teacher, each week.  Teachers do communicate with each other so your work is more efficient, but you need to stay on track.
  • See the items below for individual subject grades/dates and AKS to be covered.
  • Aug. 21 - Share Google site with group members and have all sections created.
  • Aug. 24 - Unit test for Science.
  • Aug. 30 - Projects are due.  No waiting, due at the beginning of the period, so you really want to aim for done by the 30th.

AKS (Standards) 

Language Arts:
  • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text 
  • Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
  • Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
  • use basic technical art skills (traditional and electronic) such as perspective to capture a focal point and create depth 
  • (GTDA_C2006-13) 
  • combine graphics, images, and sound for foundation or enrichment curricular projects (QCC) (GTDA_C2006-14) 
  • integrate the productivity tools including, but not limited to, word processor, database, spreadsheet, telecommunications, 
  • draw, paint, and utility programs into the digital graphics (QCC) (GTDA_C2006-15)


  • Textbook assignment in class.
  • Other
  • assignment
  • assignment
Language Arts:
  • During Week 1, we will take a pre-test to see the extent of your Language Arts knowledge.
  • During Week 2, we will begin to read "The Birds" in the green literature book (p.50-82) and review the elements of a short story. We will also look at a few non-fiction articles to discover what happens when nature goes wild!
  • During Week 3, we will read an excerpt from The Perfect Storm and recognize the different forms of conflict. We will continue to read non-fiction articles that describe unpredictable events in nature.
  • You will have 3-4 quizzes over our reading as well as a final test.
  • After we have finished our readings, you will construct your own short stroy following the guidelines of the plot pyramid. Your short story must be completely original, typed, and 3-5 pages long.


  • During Week 1, you will learn the basics of Google Apps.  You will login, send me an email telling me that you got in.  The subject of the email should say "I got in", the body text should have your name.
  • Staring at the middle of Week 1, and into Week 2: visit and learn the Premier Pro Getting Started videos (skip #5, just watch the first 2).  After watching and practicing these, you should ALL be able to record, import, edit (chop, cut), add transitions, add titles and export a movie.  This is due Friday, 8/10/12.  Save it to show to me, each person should have their own.  
  • Then, move on to the special effects software, After Effects, and review the Getting Started videos at  Using the movie you edited in Premier Pro, add 3 special effects, and export a final video to a playable version (i.e., wmv, mp4, etc.).  I highly recommend you watch these WITH someone, practice them WITH someone, then make individual products.  This is due Wednesday, 8/15/12.
  • You will start your actual projects around Week 2, and more dates will be set then.  Your final project movie is due 8/30/12.
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