Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

How to Make a Great Video.
Step 4: Edit Yourself!

You want to make a great video, a video people will watch to the end. Then before you press that "record" button, be sure to do this:

Look over your script, or your outline, or whatever it is you're using to guide your video creation process, and ask yourself, "What can I lose?"

If the answer is, "nothing." Try it again. Only this time, try the "so what?" test: Look at every line of your script, or element in your outline, and ask yourself, "So what?" If you can't say why something should be in your video, there's a really good chance that you should toss it out.

Check out 60second Recap's complete seven-video mini-series, "Write the greatest essay ever! (Or just an essay that won't put your teacher to sleep)".

Recap Resource also offers a video-based Dictionary of Terms with explanations of key literary concepts--such as metaphor, symbols, motifs--and a video tutorial on How to Make Your Own Recap-style videos. Subjects covered include picking your topic, focusing your presentation, writing your script, editing yourself, propsgraphics, and what to do once you're done!


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