Spokane History
Process

What's old? How do we figure out which buildings are historic? How do we find out about people who lived in Spokane in its beginning? What was it like living in Spokane many years ago?

1. Spokane History Walk

2. General texts and Discovery Library Resources and picture files
3. Armed with the name of a specific site, event, famous resident, or famous building, the class goes to do research in the Northwest Room of the Spokane Public Library. The very helpful librarian helps students find any books, and files of newspaper clippings, reports, maps, magazine reports. Students are looking for the story of what happened, and where it took place. They have the chance to examine primary sources and some very old and rare items. They learn about respecting items by following NW room rules of taking notes in pencil only.
4. The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Archives is another very helpful resource for students doing research. The museum archives have books, reports, and a very extensive photo collection. Students were able to browse copies of historic photos and choose 1-2 to illustrate their reports.
5. Time to write. Do we have the whole story? Is it in the right order? Now to write in the voice of a reporter. Students work on an interesting beginning, a hook for the audience. Their goal is to tell the story of what happened, who was involved and where it happened in 3-5 minutes. 6. We try to schedule "On-location" week so that everyone gets a chance to go to the site of their event. Students decide where best to tell the story: in front of the building, or inside if they seek permission. Students practice giving their report, suggest "shots" of them and the setting, and then we turn on the camera. Sometimes we need more than one take.
Equipment: Borrowed mini DV Camera with Firewire Video editing on eMAC and iMACs with iMovie 3. Summer camp for video editing and website layout.

7. Fact checking is a necessary part of publishing our site. Students take another's report and we go back to the library to be sure that the dates are correct. We ask the NW Room Librarian to review the reports. Our goal is to go beyond school reports on the web. We aim to provide information which the world needs to know.

8. Individually students import video clips into iMovie, edit the clips, create title and any transitions, import historical photos to add interest. This year we re-recorded the audio portion of many reports due to distracting environmental noise on-location.

9. Students met with a web-designer who made suggestions regarding how to handle adding 6 reports to the navigation table. She suggested that we create a timeline and a frames page so that the navigation could always be accessible.
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