Students in this service learning course work with the residents at Westminster Village to create documentaries about their lives. For the assignment description, please click here.
Students also make websites for the residents. The assignment provides students and residents with three choices for the kind of website they would like to have. Click on the links below for examples:
I have taught this course with three main themes. You can see examples for each of them below:
Heroes, Superheroes and Antiheroes
The video assignment gives students two options. For the first, they can make a short documentary about a person or organization doing heroic things in the community:
For the second option, they can create a superhero to address a problem they see in society and make a preview for a film that tells their story:
WebsitesThe website assignment gives students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the concepts discussed in class by creating a number of websites that center around those concepts. Please click on the links below to see samples of their work:
Utopias and Dystopias
For this assignment, students apply their understanding of utopias and dystopias to filmic storytelling.
They can create a short documentary about a utopian or dystopian aspect of society:
They can also find a current situation or trend that they feel could develop into a dystopian situation and build a movie preview around its possible future:
When completing their website assignment, students apply utopian and dystopian concepts to different aspects of their experience and their understanding of society. Click on the links below to see examples: