This Digital Storytelling Unit is designed to be completed over the course of three to four weeks. Students, working in teams of three to four, will explore core curricular content and be required to make an engaging and creative short video about that content. This Digital Storytelling unit is part of a larger initiative called Meridian Stories (www.meridianstories.com).
Each Digital Storytelling Unit:
• Should take three to four weeks to complete;
• Is aligned to Common Core Curricular Standards;
• Contains an Evaluation Rubric that allows the teacher to clearly score and appraise the students’ work;
• Is designed to be integrated into the classroom; and
• Can be assigned as an extra credit project to teams of students that you think would benefit from this kind of alternative, deep learning experience.
For this digital storytelling unit, students are asked to explore the many earth–shattering Supreme Court decisions that have contributed to the shape of the nation today: Brown v. Board of Education … Miranda v. Arizona … Bush v. Gore … District of Columbia v. Heller, and so many others. Each case is also rife with vengeance, egotism, deep intelligence, hysteria, unpredictability and much, much more. In short, the elements of a really good story!
Pick a 20th or 21st century seminal Supreme Court Case and create a one-two minute movie trailer advertising a movie that is based on their select case, focusing on the conflicting positions taken, the characters involved and the drama that ensued. Keep this in mind: the single objective of a movie trailer is to convince the viewer to pay money for the movie ticket. That is your students’ goal as well.
Meridian Stories' Supreme Court Movie Trailer
by Meridian Stories
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License