Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hinduism and Buddhism: The Final Project

Hinduism and Buddhism Video: Project Overview  Imagine that Lakeview Middle School is hosting a ‘Religions of the World’ night to educate families, fellow students, staff, and community members about the diverse religious beliefs of people around the globe. Considering you are now an expert on the origins, beliefs, and practices of Hinduism and Buddhism, you have been tasked with making a short informative video about these two religions which will be showcased at this community event. 

You will be using a program called WeVideo to combine images, text, and music together to produce a video that demonstrates both your understanding of the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism and serves to educate others. This project will serve as the final assessment for this unit.  

Mr. McGinty has made a short sample video below to show you what WeVideo is capable of and what I expect in your own videos, in terms of using images and text together to show understanding of an idea or concept. 


However, before you get to start making your own video, you must first produce a script.

Scripting Your Hinduism and Buddhism Movie  Before your movie gets “green-lighted,” you need to produce a script or screenplay. You need to develop a plan for what ideas and concepts you will focus on in your film, how they are ordered, and what the text for each will say. How will you condense and synthesize all that you have learned over the past few months down to what is most important and essential? You should start with reviewing your multitude of sources, which include: Hinduism Study Guide (A Central Idea and Its Parts), Buddhism Study Guide (A Central Idea and Its Parts)Buddhism and Hinduism - Venn diagram, previous Social Studies Blog posts, and your Ancient Civilizations textbook.   

Your ‘Hinduism and Buddhism’ WeVideo should contain, in addition to the ‘Title Screen,’ between 14 to 20 ‘slides’ (7-10 for each religion). Ideally, you should have just one well-written sentence, and no more than two, per slide. Try your best to be concise and use your own words, to split your focus evenly between Hinduism and Buddhism, and to carefully check your spelling, capitalization, grammar, and punctuation. Once you get script approval, you can start making your movie. You can start planning your script using the document Hinduism and Buddhism - WeVideo Script, which can be found in your Social Studies folders. 

Homework  (1.) Complete your Buddhism Study Guide (A Central Idea and Its Parts), which is due tomorrow, Thursday, February 12(2.) If you have not yet turned in your Life of Buddha Comic Strip, it is now overdue and must be completed and turned in as soon as possible or risk a 'missing' or 'incomplete' assessment grade becoming permanent. (3.) Continue working on your Hinduism and Buddhism - WeVideo Script.