Part of Unit: The Role of Biotechnology
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This is the fourth and final lesson for the culminating project given to Biotechnology students to make a video about what they have learned in a year of Biotechnology. This is done in lieu of a final in their second semester of Biotechnology. This lesson introduces them to film editing, the final step in processing their video before presentation on the final day of class. It should be given when the students have just about finished filming, 2-3 days after the Filming lesson.
- One Class Period
- 47 Minutes
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- HSMT.A.A1.1 Understand the role of the biotechnology industry and its impact on society.
- HSMT.FS.2.0 Communications
- HSMT.FS.4.2 Understand the use of technological resources to access, manipulate, and produce...
- HSMT.FS.5.4 Examine multiple options for completing work tasks by applying appropriate probl...
- HSMT.FS.9.3 Understand how to organize and structure work individually and in teams for effe...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.11-12.LS.2.4a Deliver multimedia presentations that combine text, images, and sound by incorpo...
- ELA.11-12.LS.2.4c Deliver multimedia presentations that use the selected media skillfully, editing...
- ELA.9-10.W.ER.1.9 Revise writing to improve the logic and coherence of the organization and contro...36
Objectives and Goals
- Students will activate previous knowledge to demonstrate that they understand the role of the biotechnology industry and its impact on society.
- Students will demonstrate both written and verbal communication skills in several in-class activities.
- Students will continue to learn how to use technological resources (i.e. video cameras, computers, internet, MovieMaker) to manipulate film and produce a final video.
- Students will examine multiple options for completing their video by applying appropriate problem-solving strategies and critical thinking skills.
- Students will practice the skills of organizing and structuring work individually and in their teams for effective completion of their video.
Activities in this Lesson
- Dr. Monkey Does Post-Production - Hooks / Set
Have Mr. Monkey's Post-Production quote on the board when the students come in:
"The difference between an amateur and a professional is that the amateur shows you all their footage..." - Dr. Monkey
Show the students two video clips... (attached Below). Tell them to keep track of what they like and dislike in each video.
After showing the videos, have them discuss in groups which clip is the "good video" and which is "bad," and why (it's pretty obvious), then share out with the class. Explain that the difference between a good video and a bad one usually comes after the filming is done... during post-production.
- Tape Logging and Edit Decisions - Lecture
Before you get to the fun part... the editing... you have to do a Tape Log and Edit Decision List. Pass out a copy of each to each group, and go over Dr. Monkey's explanation of both with the class. Use the LCD projector and go over the appropriate section of the website. It's a fun way to explain it, even though tape logging and deciding what footage to put in the video isn't all that exciting!
- Introduction to MovieMaker Tutorial - Demo / Modeling
After going through Tape Logging and Decision Making, tell the students that once all the decisions are made, the fun part begins: putting the video together with music, special effects, etc. In my classes we use MovieMaker editing software, and there is a tutorial attached for MovieMaker below. For this part of the lesson, I have video clips, music, pictures available to put together a very short video. I usually will do it with something exciting, like giant spiders attacking a town; something that will grab their attention or make them laugh. I show them how to do it, step-by-step, on MovieMaker on my computer using the LCD projector. Then I show them the finished product at the end. I tell them where to find the MovieMaker Tutorial (attached below), which walks them through all use of the program.
- MovieMaker Tutorial [ Download ] Word document tutorial for MovieMaker software
Give the students the rest of the period to work on their Tape Log and Edit Decision List. I usually give them 3-4 days total to finish their editing.
- Assessment Types:
This is the rubric I use to assess their final video. I had already assessed the Biotechnology content when I had evaluated their storyboards, so this is focused on the quality of the final video.
- Video Rubric [ Download ] Rubric to assess final Biotechnology Video.