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Activity - Old News (Gr K-12)
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The TAMI Video Library contains thousands of films relating to Texas, state, national and world history. This worksheet activity asks student to describe one of these films in the style of a newscast.

Choose a film or ask students to find a film on a particular topic from the TAMI Video Library. Short, silent footage works best for this activity. A list of film suggestions is include.

Introduce the activity with a little background information about the film: date it was made, general theme, historical significance, etc. and then show the film. Or have students find this information on the TAMI Video Library.

Students should watch the film and take notes on the content of the film.

Students should then research the film topic using their book or other Texas history resources like The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu/ or the Handbook of Texas Online, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online.

Using their research and notes students will answer the questions on either the Elementary or Middle School/High School Worksheet.

Ask students to storyboard their newscast (see the Storyboard Worksheet) and plan out a formal script. Students can present their finished script to the class while playing the video behind them. If you have access to a video camera or editing equipment, students can record and edit their pieces for class presentation.

Kindergarten
 
3B - Use vocabulary related to time and chronology, including before, after, next, first, last, yesterday, today, and tomorrow
 
5A - Identify the physical characteristics of place such as landforms, bodies of water, natural resources, and weather
 
5B - Identify how the human characteristics of place such as ways of earning a living, shelter, clothing, food, and activities are based upon geographic location
 
14B - Obtain information about a topic using a variety of valid visual sources such as pictures, symbols, electronic media, print material, and artifacts
 
14C - Sequence and categorize information
 
15A - Express ideas orally based on knowledge and experiences
 
15B - Create and interpret visuals, including pictures and maps
 
16A - Use a problem-solving process to identify a problem, gather information, list and consider options, consider advantages and disadvantages, choose and implement a solution, and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution
 
Grade 1
 
17B - Obtain information about a topic using a variety of valid visual sources such as pictures, symbols, electronic media, maps, literature, and artifacts
 
18B - Create and interpret visual and written material.
 
19B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, generate options, predict outcomes, take action to implement a decision, and reflect on the effectiveness of that decision
 
Grade 2
 
18B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, generate options, predict outcomes, take action to implement a decision, and reflect on the effectiveness of that decision
 
18E - Interpret oral, visual, and print material by identifying the main idea, predicting, and comparing and contrasting
 
20B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, generate options, predict outcomes, take action to implement a decision, and reflect on the effectiveness of that decision.
 
Grade 3
 
17C - Interpret oral, visual, and print material by identifying the main idea, distinguishing between fact and opinion, identifying cause and effect, and comparing and contrasting
 
19B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision
 
Grade 4
 
21A - Differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software; interviews; biographies; oral, print, and visual material; documents; and artifacts to acquire information about the United States and Texas
 
21B - Analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;
 
21D - Identify different points of view about an issue, topic, historical event, or current event
 
22B - Incorporate main and supporting ideas in verbal and written communication
 
22E - Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation
 
Grade 5
 
24A - Differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software; interviews; biographies; oral, print, and visual material; documents; and artifacts to acquire information about the United States
 
24B - Analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions
 
24D - Identify different points of view about an issue, topic, or current event
 
24E - Identify the historical context of an event
 
25B - Incorporate main and supporting ideas in verbal and written communication
 
25E - Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation
 
26B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision
 
Grade 6
 
21D - Identify different points of view about an issue or current topic
 
21E - Identify the elements of frame of reference that influenced participants in an event
 
22E - Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation
 
23B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision
 
Grade 7
 
21A - differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about Texas
 
21D - Identify points of view from the historical context surrounding an event and the frame of reference that influenced the participants
 
21E - Support a point of view on a social studies issue or event
 
21F - Identify bias in written, oral, and visual material
 
22B - Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, and proper citation of sources
 
23B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision
 
Grade 8
 
29A - Differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about the United States
 
29D - Identify points of view from the historical context surrounding an event and the frame of reference which influenced the participants
 
29E - Support a point of view on a social studies issue or event
 
29F - Identify bias in written, oral, and visual material
 
30B - Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, and proper citation of sources
 
31B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision
 
United States History Studies Since 1877
 
29A - Use a variety of both primary and secondary valid sources to acquire information and to analyze and answer historical questions
 
29F - Identify bias in written, oral, and visual material
 
29G - Identify and support with historical evidence a point of view on a social studies issue or event
 
30B - Use correct social studies terminology to explain historical concepts; and
 
32B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision
 
World History Studies
 
29C - Explain the differences between primary and secondary sources and examine those sources to analyze frame of reference, historical context, and point of view
 
29E - Identify bias in written, oral, and visual material
 
29F - Analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, drawing inferences and conclusions, and developing connections between historical events over time
 
30B - Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation
 
31B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision
 
World Geography Studies
 
22D - Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation
 
22C - Use problem-solving and decision-making processes to identify a problem, gather information, list and consider options, consider advantages and disadvantages, choose and implement a solution, and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution
 
United States Government
 
20D - Analyze and evaluate the validity of information, arguments, and counterarguments from primary and secondary sources for bias, propaganda, point of view, and frame of reference
 
21B - Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation
 
22B - Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision
Introspective Cage