Student Handouts

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News Segment Video Instructions: Boilly’s The Flood
You will create a news segment (3-5 minutes) based on Boilly’s drawing, The Flood. First, you
should decide who will do what role. Everyone must do something, and all roles must be taken.
Some people can do more than one role as necessary, and for some roles it is OK to have more
than one person. Read the descriptions together, and then write down who is going to do what
next to the role title.
Who’s taking it?
Your job is to direct the news video and rehearsals.
Decide how the actors should stand, pose, talk, etc.
Work with the writer, designer, and editors to decide
how all these pieces will work together, and how you
will transition between sections.
You will film the news segment, working with the
director and actors. Make sure you know how to use the
equipment, that you frame the shots well, that the
sound is working, etc.
While everyone should contribute ideas to your news
story, the writer is responsible for putting it all together
into a coherent piece. It is very important that your
story shows the group’s chosen perspective. Make sure
you write not only a script, but camera and stage
directions. Work with the graphics and set designer so
that your video looks seamless.
You need at least 1 news anchor, and other actors as
Anchors &
necessary for your story. Work with the director and
writer to make sure you are conveying the desired mood
through your tone of voice, facial expressions, and body
Graphic and Your job is to create a graphic to use in the news
segment (think of the news video from Colorado). It can
designer(s) be simple, as long as it conveys the message of the
story. You should also make any necessary props for the
story (drawn backdrop, pretend photographs of the
flood, etc.) as well as costumes.
You are responsible for editing the video together using
video software. Make sure the transitions between
scenes are smooth. If possible, add sound effects and/or
music that match your chosen perspective. As you work,
share your progress with the group, especially the
Steps to make your video:
1. As a group, look carefully at The Flood and discuss what you see. What elements stand
out the most? What figures are you most interested in? Use this to plan your news
story. Remember that you must include elements of the drawing in your news story.
2. Decide together what story angle you want to pursue, and how it relates to the drawing.
The writer should take notes during this brainstorming session.
3. Once that has been decided, the writer should lead the discussion of the story. Decide
on what props and graphics the designer should work on. After the major decisions have
been made, the writer can begin writing the script, with the assistance of the director.
4. In the meantime, the designers can work with the director and actors on the props and
5. The camera operator and video editor should make sure the equipment is ready, and
help the designer as needed.
6. Next, the director should lead a rehearsal. Those not acting, operating the camera, or
directing should watch and offer feedback. Remember that the video should be 3-5
minutes long, so make sure you are timing rehearsals and adjusting as needed.
7. Once the director is satisfied with rehearsals, and props are made, filming can begin.
8. After filming is complete, the video editor begins their work. The editor may determine
that some parts need to be re-filmed.
HINT: Make sure you are consulting the rubric! All the sections of the rubric depend on the
team working together.
News Live-Tweeting
Carefully examine Boilly’s The Flood and create a Twitter live-feed (on paper- not on the
computer) about the event from the perspective of a news station. Make sure you include
details from the drawing in your Tweets. If working as part of a group, make sure your Tweets
fit with the story angle of the group. If working individually, then you must decide what type of
story you want to tell.
Your Twitter feed must include:
Your news station’s Twitter username and image
A short description of the news station
o 20 of these must be from the news station
o 10 can be retweets from other sources. Who else would Tweet about this? Who
would retweet things from your user account? Use these to tell your story as
o Put the Tweets in chronological order
 On Twitter, the newest would be on the top, but we’re going to do the
opposite for easy reading
Create a hashtag for the event (you may use others as warranted- be creative!)
Optional- include “photos” (can print out photos or draw them)
For ideas, check out these examples:
National News Networks
Local News Stations
WRAL-5 (Raleigh, NC)
ABC news
WSOCTV (Charlotte, NC)
WXII 12 (Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC)
WMNCT (Greenville, NC)
Examples of military organizations
US Coast Guard
US National Guard
Examples of rescue organizations
West Vancouver Fire and Rescue
Scottish Fire and Rescue
Group Members:
The Flood News Segment Rubric
from The
Details from the drawing are
clearly evident, and prominent,
in the news story. It is obvious
the news story is about this
drawing in particular.
The angle of the story is clear
from all elements: writing,
directing, camera work and
editing, set and graphic design.
All elements are completed
well: the script is well written;
completion the acting rehearsed; the
directing, camera work, editing
& designs are effective. The
video feels finished & polished.
Continuity The transitions between
sections are smooth and clear.
The transitions make sense and
the audience can keep track of
the story.
There are some details from
the drawing in the news story,
but they may not stand out.
The angle of the story is
somewhat clear from all
elements: writing, directing,
camera work and editing, set
and graphic design.
All elements are completed
sufficiently. Some may not be
of top quality. The video feels
The transitions between
sections are mostly smooth and
clear. The audience can keep
track of the story.
There is a connection between
the drawing and the news
story, but it isn’t specific- the
story could have been about
any flood.
The angle of the story is hard to
determine, and/or not all of
the elements seem to be telling
the story for the same purpose.
There is no, or only a vague,
connection between the
drawing and the news story.
The audience may need an
explanation to understand it.
The story does not have a clear
angle: it is a dry telling of “the
facts” without any sense of
Most elements are completed
sufficiently. Some may not be
of top quality; some may not
be finished. The video feels
like a draft.
Many elements of the video
are incomplete and/or seem
unrehearsed. The video is
incomplete or not edited
together well.
Some of the transitions are
hard to follow, and the
audience may get lost at some
points. Not all of the elements
are completed smoothly.
The completed video is within
the time limit
The transitions are very rough,
and/or many of them are
The completed video is under 3
or over 5 minutes