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Documenting U.S. Culture


The students will use Internet, social media, and video making software as well as live performance to document their experiences in the U.S.


Help the students synthesize their learning through creative expression in a variety of media

Increase computer and Internet literacy

Improve skills of elocution and enunciation, writing, and public speaking

Practice teamwork for collaborative media projects


Apply voice training to rehearsals and production of videos and mock trials.

Maintain a blog and regularly contribute to the program web presence

Make several videos: write, direct, edit

Participate on production teams for other students’ videos

Play roles in the mock trials


Voice training

Regular lessons in elocution and enunciation for the stage

Oral presentations of students’ experiences and media productions

Mock trial and video script rehearsal and performance

Web presence

How to use the Word Press site for the students in the program

How to maintain a blog for each student’s writing

How to contribute to the YouTube channel

How to contribute to the Facebook page for the program (equivalent Chinese social media page?)

Video making

Use of still and video cameras, other production equipment, and video editing software to make slide shows and videos documenting the students’ experiences in the U.S.

Mock trials

Research, preparation, rehearsals, and enactment of three or four famous trials from U.S. history coordinated with topics in the Contemporary U.S. Culture course.

suggested trials


Mock Trial book

Suggested Modes, Media and Techniques of Instruction

Modes: lecture, demonstration, discussion, cooperative learning

Media: blogging and video making software, Internet

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