U.S. History
Documentary Group Projects

Finished Videos

Period 2
Period 3

Period 7

Task: Students will work in pairs to produce and present an informational video that will inform the class on one of the events from the 1930s.
Videos should be approximately 5 minutes in length, and include informational narration and images that will present the information in a concise and clear manner.
Students will have to become familiar with the Adobe Voice app on the iPads, research their topics, and write an original script.

  1. Outline of topic from text - 15 Points
  2. Original script 4-5 minutes - 50 Points
  3. Documentary completion and presentation - 100 Points

  1. Outline readings that relate to your topic from the textbook. This will be the basis of your project and is key to developing your documentary.
  2. Continue research in the library with the sources below. Save information, images, etc. to your Google Drive and "share" to your partner.
  3. Write an original script that will be well organized and identify pictures that will be used at each point in the script.
  4. Submit script for approval.
  5. Create your documentary using the Adobe Voice app on the iPad.

Equal work! Equal credit!

  1. Stalin and the Soviet Union (703)
  2. Nazi Germany (704-705)
  3. Nonaggression Pact (710)
  4. Fall of France (712-713)
  5. Holocaust (714-718)
  6. Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor
  7. Fascism in Italy (704)
  8. American Isolationism (706-707)
  9. Invasion of Poland and the Phony War (sometimes Phoney) (711-712)
  10. Battle of Britain (713)
  11. Lend-Lease Act (721)

Research Sources

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search over a hundred comprehensive and specialized reference books and multi-volume sets at once, in 18 standard subjects. Sample titles included are: American Eras, Dictionary of American History, Cinema History,West's Encyclopedia of American Law, World War II Reference Library, and St. James Pop Culture Encyclopedia. All articles include formatted citations.
World History in Context
Includes full-text access to a variety of reference publications, such as Encyclopedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, Learning About the Holocaust, Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, and The World War Two Reference Library. Includes primary source material, 12.4 million full-text articles from magazines and journals, image galleries, 6,200 video clips and 83,000 audio files.Clearly identifies and sorts results into "reference," "primary source," "news," etc. All articles include citations.
Biography in Context
Biographies of 600,000 individuals, with 50,000 added each year.
Includes additional information through full-text access to reference books, newspapers, and journals. All articles include formatted citations.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Includes an excellent Holocaust Encyclopedia

Documentary Creation

Intro Video
Sample Videos
Tutorial Videos (2 minutes each)

Have a script ready and images saved to your Google Drive. All students have a school Google Account - Ask for help if you haven't used it yet!
Once your script is approved, you will move to the iPads. Take the SAME iPAD every day!
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Open Google Drive and sign in.
View your pictures and "save" them to your iPad.
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Open Adobe Voice and create a free account. This saves your work to the cloud.


  1. "Create a Story." Give it a title and "Make Up My Own" structure.
  2. Add icons, photos or text to your slide.
  3. "+" at the bottom will add a new slide.
  4. Change the layout (add captions, multiple images, etc.), theme and music at the top.
  5. Find a quiet corner to record your voiceover.
  6. Play (at the bottom) will preview video.
  7. Share will finalize and upload your video (will take a little while).
  8. Pick "Copy link to clipboard."
  9. Give your iPad to Ms.Tarr so she can collect all the links when they are finished.