Grant writing is a great way to obtain money for some of the expensive equipment needed to make movies in your classroom or at your school!
The assessment component is complicated. My sugestions is to look first at your purpose for making the movies. If the main purpose is for students to reinforce their learning in a certain subject area, I would suggest that you create a rubric that outlines the specific information or content that students should include in their scenes.
If your purpose is to provide students with a creative way to improve their writing skills, I would suggest creating an assessment rubric that lists the traits of writing you will be looking for in their scripts.
If your purpose is to enhance students' ability to use technology in a purposeful way, your assessment rubric should focus on the skills students may be using as they video tape, edit the scenes, select music, etc.
I hope that I have answered your question to some degree. Assessment in movie making is difficult since some students are simply more comfortable than others in front of the camera, and others are more comfortable behind the scenes. The only time I have assessed my students during movie making is when students have worked in small groups to create segments directly related to an academic topic such as a book talk or a social studies news broadcast. In those cases, the rubric focused more on the content of their scripts than their ability to act or work a camera.
Good luck with your movie making!!
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