6th Grade Documentary Project

Documentary Movies!

What makes a Documentary Fantastic?

Purpose: Your Message, make it clear, repeat it, make every image focus on your purpose

Be Prepared: Research, research, research.  Your words must be accurate.

Show Passion: Make the viewer care about your story and believe in your purpose.

Narration: Speak clearly and practice your speed and articulation.

Different Media: Combine interviews, images, and videos.  You can have the audio of an interview and show images about what they are saying.

Use Captions: Explain when needed

Keep it tight: You will have about 200 words in a 2 minute movie.  Pick the right words.  Be clear and concise.
Parts of a Documentary
Problem: Tell the backstory.  What is the setting? What is the problem? Who was involved? When did this happen?

Actions Taken: What happened and how it happened?

Outcome: What are the consequences and why should the audience care?

Impact: What was the lesson learned from your topic?  What is the historical importance of your topic? 


1.  Books
2.  MyOn: online books (login: last name + first initial/ password:  student number)
3.  World Book Online (login: sledmeh1/ password: dogs1)
4.  History.com 
5.  Symbaloo - a list of more web sources for you (Thanks Mrs. Brown!)
6.  Museum websites - look for archived materials
Sources for FREE USE Images:
Image Quest
a comprehensive database of images - any images used here do NOT need to be cited!
login ID: sled
password: dogs1
Flickr: Creative Commons
A free website with images that can be used without creating citations.
Sample Projects
Take a look at past projects
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