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School News!

View the newscast!
Subject: Technology and Media Literacy
Grade Level: 3-5
Students in groups of four or five will rehearse, video tape and view a school news show. This project works best with two adults present: one adult to rehearse the groups while the other adult does the video taping.
Instructional Time:
With one teacher = two sessions. Two adults = 1+ sessions
It would also be helpful to do a short session in which the teacher coaches student (several who volunteer for this) in front of the class. This process prepares students for what coaching will be like and also helps them to coach one another2-3 sessions.

Teacher Preparation:
•Assign students to groups of four or five.
•Write a script about school news or classroom news. A script about school news can be used with multiple classrooms.

Every group will use the same script.
•Have a copy of the prepared script for every student. Suggestions for script:
-Write each news item on a separate piece of paper. Number items.
-Use size 18 font.
-Double space.
-Include a beginning, ending, and four brief news items.
-Create sentences of short to medium length with varied construction.

•Plan activity to engage students while their group is waiting to rehearse or tape and after their group has completed taping. A computer lab works well if that is available.
•Give group assignments.
•Hand out scripts.
•Assign news item or begining/ending to each group member (or have students
•Assign the order in which groups will present.
•Give students presentation pointers. See Tips for Practicing Presentation.
•Talk to students about basic video cues: Quiet on the set, pointing to indicate start, hand across throat to indicate ending.

•Video tape each group’s news show. If there are two adults, one adult can rehease with one group while another group is video taping. If there is one teacher only, help each student rehearse as he/she comes to the camera.
•When all groups have completed video taping, view the news shows.

Review rubric:
Did the talent use good eye contact?
Did the talent sit up straight, look confident?
Did the talent speak loudly enough?
Did the talent speak clearly?
Did the talent speak with expression?

-Remind students that this is a learning experience and that it’s a brave deed to view yourself on video. Tell them to not focus on mistakes; only look for what someone did well. Find one good thing about every presentation. At the end of each group’s presentation, ask for one positive comment about each student . Model positive comments.

Extension of this lesson:
•Choose one student from each group to create a group that will present the news over the school PA system.
•Have this group present the news for KBEM School News.

Tips for Practicing for Presentation
1. Posture:
It’s important to sit up straight with shoulders back, head up, feet on the floor. This posture will help your voice sound even better
and will allow you to look confident on camera.
2. Relaxation:
When people are on video, they often get nervous; so here
are some exercises to help you relax:
•Squeeze up your face as tightly as you can, then relax (3 x’s).
•Do a silent scream, then relax (3 x’s).
•Tense shoulders up around ears, then relax (3 x’s).
3. Expression:
Encourage students to read with with expression. Presentation is different from conversational speech. It may seem stilted or silly at first. It’smore dramatic, more like acting.
Read the script for or with students, especially at the
beginning and until they can get the voice in their heads on their own. Phonetically spell words that are hard to pronounce. Be especially aware of those who struggle with reading--they are the ones who may experience the greatest success if they feel they can handle the words.
This is a great time to talk about the meaning of punctuation: a
comma = a pause, a period = a bigger pause, an exclamation
point = excitement (Use lots of exclamation points in writing scripts.)
4. Eye Contact:
Talk about maintaining eye contact as much as possible, especially
at the beginning and at the end of your presentation. When it is
necessary to look down, drop your eyes, not your whole head, to your script. Remember that your brain goes faster than your words; so your brain can look ahead at your words and remember them while you’re talking.
5. Smiling:
Smiling helps you look confident and is more relaxing for your
facial muscles. When you’re waiting for the director’s cue, look at
the camera and smile. When you finish your presentation, look at
the camera and smile until you get the director’s cue to cut.
Give lots of compliments and positives!

Author: Karen Morey, Tuttle School