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Welcome! The following Teacher's Guide is designed to help you use the PBS AMERICAN HIGH series and companion Web site in secondary media arts and social studies classes. The lesson plans provide a framework for creating student-produced video diaries, like those featured prominently in AMERICAN HIGH. The Guide was authored by Jonathan Mednick, the award-winning filmmaker and experienced educator, whose role on AMERICAN HIGH included teaching video production to the students featured in the series.

AMERICAN HIGH may be taped off-air and used for up to a year following broadcast. The lesson plans may be adapted for use as stand-alone resources.

Lesson One: Creating Great Audio for Video
Lesson Two: Creating Great Images (of People) for Video
Lesson Three: Putting it Together (Making Great Video Diaries)
Lesson Four: Social Issues of "Reality TV"

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