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Lesson #12In-service Course
Ben Amato | Newfield High School
We learn with our heads and our hearts. To truly understand a story, topic or event, a combination of knowing and feeling is needed. Educators yearn to
get our students to understand, know and then feel strongly about a topic. Multimedia education offers unique techniques to reach that lofty goal.
The Multimedia lesson this week dealt with the violent revolution taking place in Haiti. 50 American soldiers were sent into that riotous nation to secure the
U.S. embassy and its diplomatic corps. The video and the newspaper article depict a country aflame and on the edge of an all out civil war. The news
photographs, the Internet slide shows, the news articles and the video news stories bring that horror into our reality. And once we perceive it to be real,
then we can come close to grasping what it must be like to be there.

Humans are addicted to stories. Nursery rhymes are part of childhood, until kids graduate to comics and storybooks. Literature, movies and television
provide everyone with a flood of stories to entertain, enlighten and enthrall. But at its base, everything revolves around the "story." This is what we all
relate to. It is as if things do not become real to us until it is presented in Fiction.

So I would like to run a small experiment. You are going to write a short story. I want to stress the word short, so you don't freak out too much. I want you
to see how by turning facts into fiction, the unreality of the revolution in Haiti can become real. The assignment page will take you through the process in a
step by step manner, so even novices at short story writing will soon get the hang of it. The goal of this experiment is to illustrate how a fictional short story
can seem more real than the newspaper articles and news stories it is based upon.

The uses of this procedure in the classroom are exciting. Textbooks can be brought to life in "adventures" that your students can create. Science lessons
can have students diving into volcanoes, the depths of the oceans or the insides of human cells. This fictionalization of the real world has the potential to
motivate, enrich and enlighten classroom lessons in ways the real facts of the world cannot.

So move on over to the assignment page and enjoy your creative writing lessons.

We learn with our heads and our hearts. To truly understand a story, topic or event, a combination of knowing and feeling is needed. Educators yearn to
get our students to understand, know and then feel strongly about a topic. Multimedia education offers unique techniques to reach that lofty goal.

The Multimedia lesson this week dealt with the violent revolution taking place in Haiti. The web address is:
http://www.newsday.com/about/custom/nie/ny-lesson_22404.story.

50 American soldiers were sent into that riotous nation to secure the U.S. embassy and its diplomatic corps. The video and the newspaper article depict a
country aflame and on the edge of an all out civil war. The news photographs, the Internet slideshows, the news articles and the video news stories bring
that horror into our reality. And once we perceive it to be real, then we can come close to grasping what it must be like to be there.

Humans are addicted to stories. Nursery rhymes are part of childhood, until kids graduate to comics and storybooks. Literature, movies and television
provide everyone with a flood of stories to entertain, enlighten and enthrall. But at its base, everything revolves around the "story." This is what we all
relate to. It is as if things do not become real to us until it is presented in Fiction.

So I would like to run a small experiment. You are going to write a short story. I want to stress the word short, so you don't freak out too much. I want you
to see how by turning facts into fiction, the unreality of the revolution in Haiti can become real. The assignment page will take you through the process in a
step by step manner, so even novices at short story writing will soon get the hang of it. The goal of this experiment is to illustrate how a fictional short story
can seem more real than the newspaper articles and news stories it is based upon.

The uses of this procedure in the classroom are exciting. Textbooks can be brought to life in "adventures" that your students can create. Science lessons
can have students diving into volcanoes, the depths of the oceans or the insides of human cells. This fictionalization of the real world has the potential to
motivate, enrich and enlighten classroom lessons in ways the real facts of the world cannot.

So move on over to the assignment page and enjoy your creative writing lessons.