Create a TV-style discussion on a historical topic or event, highlighting different views about it.
You could do this by having an expert representing one point of view being interviewed, or as a panel discussion representing many different opinions.
This can be done purely as a modern studio debate, or could involve historical figures (e.g. a discussion with an early 20th century scientist on whether eugenics are justified).
Intersperse the presentation with still images and video if appropriate.
For teachers: benefits to students
This is good for moral arguments, particularly those where historical attitudes conflict strongly with modern attitudes, as it enables the students to put themselves into that historical context.
This can be done as a group project where the students have to reflect different points of view. If done as a solo project, the student will demonstrate that they can appreciate all sides of the issue and can present the different arguments and views clearly and accurately.
Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.
Suitable for groups
Two debate templates. The first a T.V chatshow style set including characters themed on the subject of history. The second, 4 characters standing at lecterns with a studio style backdrop and a video screen. Can be customized to suit a debate of any topic.
Click the link to download a Moviestorm movie template.