Making Change Happen
In groups of three or four, students will explore how tensions between people who want to adopt new ideas and make change happen for their people and those who want to preserve established traditions, can erupt in conflict. Many of these tensions can be traced back to the impacts of colonization, or economic expansion by larger nations or groups. The resulting conflicts often stimulate significant cultural, social and political change.
Students will select a revolution and research the following questions:
- Who is involved? Do they belong to a particular class, ethnicity, religion political group?
- Why are people upset or unhappy? What has been happening that makes people feel they need to make change happen?
- What were this movement’s key ideas or philosophies? What were their main goals?
- What event or events began the process of revolution or rebellion?
- What were some of the key events that took place during this revolution or rebellion?
- Who were some of the most important figures in this historical event? What were their contributions?
- Did they achieve their objectives in the end?
- What were some of the long-term impacts of this conflict?
Creating Your Presentation
- Decide on the best possible sequence in which to deliver in your information. Consider which information is best suited to each segment of your video. The list below represents the minimum number of scenes, and students are encouraged to include more:
- An interview with one of the leaders of this revolution.
- An on-the-scene report from a reporter who is at one of the key events in this revolution. They should grab a few words from people at the event.
- An interview with a panel of experts, where members from both sides of the dispute are represented.
- A minimum of two “breaking news” reports, where the news anchor gives updates on what is going on.
- Write a script. Some parts may be adlibed, but you will still need an outline at least.
- Film a section.
- Edit your section.
- Film the next section.
- Present your final product to the class.