A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project



Global and Local Narratives

Annemarie Kanenwisher
Phil Leonardi

Corvallis High School

1998-99

Focusing on eras divided by decade, beginning in 1910 and progressing through 1950, students used a variety of printed sources and the internet to research important events. The students then compiled their findings into a concept map which they presented to the other students in their class. Students were then asked to pick one of the topics from the map which they wanted to further research. After their research was completed each student was expected to write a 500-600 word description of the event, a global narrative. Once the global narratives were completed, students were then asked to explore how the event impacted Corvallis on the local level. This required additional research, oral interviewing, and trips to the archives. The information they gathered was then organized into a local narrative of approximately 500 words. Once both the global and local narratives were completed, students arranged their stories and selected photographs and images of their era in a display. This display not only depicted the era, but also made a direct comparison to the local impact of the event. The students then began the process of transforming their written narratives into a visual presentation. The students edited their local narratives down to a precise one minute script which was combined with images to create the twenty-minute video “Corvallis Minutes.” Next students undertook a more involved video production where they described global events and how they impacted the Corvallis area. One group wrote the script, another group was instructed on the basics of video editing and production, captured the images to accompany the script, and designed the video. The final product, a 30 minute video, was presented to the public at Corvallisís Heritage Night.

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