US History Student Documentaries
Juniors in US History have been studying the way that the United States has used its geography and natural resources to its advantage, and how these resources have played a role in the development of our nation. As a capstone project of this unit, students made documentary films about a particular environmental event that shifted the nation’s history. Topics included the Gold Rush, the 1927 Mississippi Flood, the Dust Bowl, and the chemical waste incident at the Love Canal. Students researched their topic, wrote a script, acted in and directed their film, and did final edits. The movies were shown to fellow students this past week and the project culminated in an Academy Award ceremony honoring the best screenplay, best director, best actor and best picture.