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The New Batch of Stop-Motion Videos…

Period 1: Ancient Egypt

Period 3: Ancient Rome

Period 4:  Early Man & Early Civilizations

Period 5: Ancient China and Ancient India

Period 9: Ancient Greece



We are fully involved with the stop motion project.  The task is simple.  Choose a topic from an era of history that we spoke about in class this year and create a 1-2 minute stop-motion animation.  As of today, sets are being designed and created for the stop motion scene.  Next week we’ll look to take hundreds of pictures.


Stop-motion project has been announced.  Stay tuned for further details.


Projects are finished.  Below are some examples of the newspapers that were submitted to me electronically.  Enjoy!!

Period 3:

Marissa D

Erica T

Danny B

Alan S

Sal M

Nicolle N

Matt D

Period 4:

Tara L

Morgan C

Paul P

Marisa W

Amber K

Phil C

Matt B

Karissa T

Christian O

Brian K

Bri M

Anthony B

Andrew B

Period 7

Tommy C

Sarah D

Samantha K

Robin G

Ria M

Olivia R

Mark G

Kevin D

Josh W

Brian M

Angela T

Andrew Z

Joe M


Ancient Greece Newspaper and Podcast

What are you creating?

Newspaper: Set in Ancient Greek times.  You must have 4 sections included in your newspaper.

Podcast: Create a 3-5 minute podcast as a famous Ancient Greek.

Important Downloads:

Directions and Rubric –>Directions

Newspaper Template –>Template

Newspaper Sample –>Sample

Helpful Hints –>Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints for Audacity –> Helpful Hints for Audacity

Helpful Hints for Using Audacity at Home –> Audacity – Lame Help

Due Dates:

1st section: 12/4/2008

2nd section: 12/9/2008

3rd section: 12/11/2008

4th section: 12/16/2008

Final Newspaper: 12/19/2008


The Ancient Greece project is about to be announced.  There are two parts…create a newspaper and create a podcast.  Here are the directions and rubric.–>  Ancient Greece Project Directions

You can also use the Newspaper Template. –>Ancient Greece Newspaper Template

I’ve created a video explaining how to use audacity.  Hopefully, you enjoyed your time in class this past Friday.

Remember…Audacity is free and you can download it on your home computer.  If you need further directions on how to download it, please let me know.


The 9/11 Comparison Projects came out better than expected.  In the short amount of time that I required the project to be finished, the kids absolutely blew my mind with what they turned in.

Here are just a few examples of what types of projects the kids handed in…


9/11 Comparison Project

Our first project was a short and sweet one.  After a discussion about where we were on 9/11, I asked the students to go home and speak with their parents about other days in history.  (I wanted them to ask their parents what they were doing when JFK was assassinated, but I realized that most of the parents were not born yet.)

After talking with their parents about what they were doing on any event in history, the students were to compare how their day during 9/11 compared to their parents memory of a day.

The students are to create a drawing, write a poem, write a short story, conduct an interview, create a newspaper article, or any other creative idea they could think of.  They needed to display how these two events were similar.

I gave the students complete creative control as to how they would represent this similarity.

As soon as they are finished, I’ll figure out a way to scan some of them and share them here.


South Carolina City Project

Day 1: We will begin some preliminary research on a South Carolina city. You should look for some history of your city and any major landmarks. You are allowed to use any website or book you can get your hands on.

Name of City:


Important Landmarks/Attractions/Sights/Events:
Day 2: The Script – You will write your script today, so you are prepared to record your voice when it is your turn. You will not be allowed to record your voice until I have seen and approved your script.
Here are some things to remember when drafting your script:

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  • Tell your listeners what city you’re talking about.
  • Tell your listeners some brief history of your city
    • When was it established?
    • Did anything important happen there?
  • Tell your listeners why they would want to come visit your city
  • Include any landmarks, sights or attractions
  • You might want to create and include a nickname for the city or a slogan for the city to make it sound more appealing.

Remember: You are trying to entice people to come visit your city.

Recording Days: You will begin recording your 60-sec city advertisement. You will use audacity to record and mix everything.

HOW TO: Use Audacity

  1. Open up Audacity on your computer. Start Menu > Student Menu > Audacity
  2. Import a sound clip from the teacher’s share drive (T: drive)
  • Project > Import Audio
  • Look in: > teachershare$ > Granito_SST > Sound Clips > Choose your clip.

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3. You are now ready to record your voice on audacity.

  • Make sure your script is ready.
  • Hit the record button and start talking.
  • Don’t worry if you mess up, you can always erase what you have done.
  • To erase what you have said, hit the “x” on the left where it says audio track. Be sure not to erase you music track.


Remember: The voice should never be longer than the sound clip.

All editing is in your hands. You can fool around with effects and settings. Just be careful not to erase anything that you don’t want to erase.

4. Once you have everything sounding how you want it to sound, you are ready to export as an mp3 file.

  • File > Export As MP3…
  • Change the name of your file to Your First Names : Your City
  • You must save in the teachershare$ drive again.
  • Teachershare$ > Granito_SST > Finished Commercials > Your Block




7-5 Animoto Project

Objectives: 1. Students will create a 30 second slide show using a web-based program and pictures they find on one specific website.

2. Students will draw conclusions about their topic by writing two paragraphs about their pictures.

Directions: All directions for this project can be found on this webpage. Students will not need any paper directions. Please refer to directions if you have any questions.

Grading: Here is the grading rubric for this project. This is a 50 point project. You will be graded in a variety of categories.

Websites: You are allowed to visit these three website..


For Directions: – you’re already here

For Pictures:

For the Project:


World War I


Trench Warfare

World War Maps

The Great Depression

Totalitarian States





World War II

Adolph Hitler

Pearl Harbor

Atomic Bomb

The Holocaust

Your group must choose one topic. Visit and search for pictures that relate to your topic. You must find 12 – 15 pictures that illustrate your topic.

After saving 12 – 15 pictures to your folder on the shared drive, you will organize them in the way you want to display them to your audience. Re-naming the images with numbers would be the easiest option.

Here comes the hard part…and fun part!! You need to visit

1. Click the “sign in” at the top right of the screen.


You will need to use my email address:

Enter our school password: student


2. Once into the animoto site click on the plus sign at the top left of your screen that says “create video”



3. Now it gets tricky…You will need to upload all of your pictures in the order you want them to play. This is when re-naming your pictures with numbers is very important. UPLOAD THE PICTURES IN THE ORDER YOU WANT THEM TO PLAY.

After clicking the “ANIMOTO SHORT” button, you must upload your pictures to the program.


Then you must tell the site that you’re ready to upload.


You must find the pictures that you have saved on your shared folder and upload them in order. Remember, you have already renamed the files with numbers to keep them in the order you wanted.




PLEASE BE PATIENT while your pictures are loading. It may take a few minutes. Remember, there might be other groups loading pictures as well, so the website might be slower than normal.

After your files have been properly uploaded, you screen will look like this. If you want to continue moving your pictures around and organizing them, you may do so at this time.

Hit the “continue” button when you are ready for music.


Now you are ready to upload a musical selection to your video.


You have a variety of genres to choose from. You may preview the song you want to hear by clicking the “play” button next to the song.

Once you find a song you like, click the “select” button.



Now you need to make the project yours.

Make sure you fill out the next window properly, because you CAN NOT CHANGE IT ONCE YOU HAVE FINISHED.


Once you have all the correct information into the correct spots, click “create video”

This next step WILL TAKE A LONG TIME.


Trust the program. YOUR VIDEO WILL BE MADE.

Once you reach this step, you are ready to move onto the writing part of your project.

Halfway home…. now you have to write about your pictures.

You will be required to write TWO paragraphs about your pictures.

Both Paragraphs should have a title sentence and a conclusion sentence.

Paragraph 1:

In your first paragraph you will write about your topic.

  • What is your topic?
  • When does your topic take place?
  • Where does your topic take place?
  • Who is involved with your topic?

Paragraph 2:

In your second paragraph you will write about the pictures.

  • Why are these pictures important?
  • How do your pictures relate to the unit we just completed in Social Studies?
  • What can others learn from your pictures?

Once you have finished writing your paragraph, you must print it out and turn it in to be graded.

Congratulations, your 7-5 World Conflicts project is complete.


7-4 Wiki Project

I have set up a classroom wiki page. For those that have no clue what this is, you can check it out for yourself right here.

There will be more details about this project once I iron out all the kinks.

7-3 Voice Thread Project

It’s a Revolution!! – VoiceThread

Objective: You and a partner will create a VoiceThread based on a revolution of your choice.

1. Choose a revolution.

The Revolution you choose can be one that we have discussed in class (French Revolution, Latin American Independence Movement, Scientific Revolution, Industrial Revolution) or it can be a revolution that you have noticed in society (Technological, communication, information).

2. Find pictures on the internet.

You and your partner must find 5-8 pictures on the internet depicting your revolution. Your pictures must be appropriate for school and must be approved by Mr. Granito. Remember you must show a change through your pictures.

3. Write about the pictures you found.

You must write 2 sentences about each picture you find. As a suggestion, the first sentence could describe the picture, while the second sentence can relate the picture to the overall revolution.

4. Create the VoiceThread.

You must record both sentences for each picture at Use our classroom’s login and password and create your VoiceThread.

Here is a VoiceThread on how to create a VoiceThread…

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It’s a Revolution!! – VoiceThread

Computer Lab – Day 1


  • How to find pictures on the internet.
    • Go to
    • Type in your desired search ( “French Revolution” “Industry” “Computers”)
    • Click “Search Images”
  • You and your partner must find 5-8 pictures you would like to use for your revolution.
  • How to save pictures.
    • Click on the desired image from the google or wikimedia search.
    • At the top of the page – click where it says “see full-size image.”
    • Right Click on the image and select “Save Picture As…”
    • Rename the picture with your first name and first initial and a number

§ My first picture would be renamed “MarkG1”

§ My second picture would be renamed “MarkG2”

  • Where to save pictures.
    • Before you click “save” you must change the location you are saving to.
    • In the “Save In” box – click the drop down arrow and find the (H:) drive.
    • Double-click the Folder title “Mr. Granito’s Class”
    • Double-click your block’s folder
    • Click “save”

It’s a Revolution!! – VoiceThread

Computer Lab – Day 2

  • You and your partner must finish the VoiceThread Picture Script.
    • Compose TWO sentences for each picture.
    • As a suggestion, the first picture could describe the picture and the second could relate the picture to your revolution
    • Compose ONE conclusion sentence that wraps up the entire revolution.

It’s a Revolution!! – VoiceThread

Library – Day 3

  • How to use VoiceThread:
    • Go to
    • Click the button “Sign in or Register”
    • Our classroom email:
    • Our classroom password:
    • Click “sign-in”
  • How to upload pictures:
    • Click the “Create” tab at the top of the page.
    • Click the button “1. Upload”
    • Click “From My Computer”
    • Now you must remember where we saved your pictures.
      • Click the drop down arrow and find the (H:) drive.
      • Double click “Mr. Granito’s Class”
      • Double click your block’s folder
      • Find your pictures.
      • Highlight all of your pictures by holding down the “ctrl” button on the keyboard and clicking all of your pictures.
      • Once all are highlighted – click “open”
      • Now all of your pictures are uploaded and you are ready to record your comments.
  • How to record comments:
    • Click “2. Comment”
    • Click on the picture you would like to comment
    • Click the “Record” button underneath the picture.
    • Speak into the microphone clearly and record your TWO sentences for each picture.
    • If you make a mistake you can erase the comment.
    • Once you record a comment you like, click the “save” button and move on to the next picture.
    • Don’t forget to record you Conclusion Sentence and our Picture Disclaimer

All Word Documents for this project can be found <a href=”

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