School History - International Baccalaureate - MYP History
09 November 2017
Unit 1 - Assessment Activity 2 -
second assessment you are going to make a short, dramatic
film about medieval pilgrimage, between three and
five minutes in length. The required content of the film,
I outline below and a rough guide to medieval pilgrimage is
here. As a basic requirement, you will
either provide a voice of God narration, or a performance
to camera (or a mix of both), so that the dominant voice
of the film is yours. You will be expected to provide a
number of relevant images to accompany your spoken
narration. You many use any range of
additional techniques, but a spoken narrative must be
central to your film.
Below is a recent example, which illustrates how such a narrative might work. But
do bear in mind the students in the examples here are EAL students without MacBooks.
second example is altogether more ambitious, in both
length and general production values. It involves a team
of actors, realistic props and location filming, in
You will have three weeks to produce
the film, but only two lessons will be dedicated to it. You are going
to be assessed on two MYP criteria;
B: Investigating and
Criterion B investigating.
In particular, I will be assessing
strand iii) 'uses research methods to collect and
record appropriate, varied and relevant information'.
I am looking for evidence of original research;
historical examples not provided be me. This might
involve research into medieval pilgrimage traditions,
relics and sites of regional pilgrimage, pilgrimage
churches and associated saints, etc. This research will
be expressed in both the written and visual dimension of
Criterion C communicating.
i) communicates information and
ideas effectively and accurately by using a style that
is completely appropriate to the audience and purpose
ii) structures information and ideas in a way that is
completely appropriate to the specified format. You
are making a film; that is your specified format and
purpose. This is a visual medium but not only visual.
Accurate use of relevant images will be important, but
so also will be the quality of the script and the
performance. You do not have to limit yourself to a
Voice of God narration. There are all sorts of
possibilities of shooting scenes in local medieval
locations with friends or in using the film studies room's green
screen to put yourself anywhere in the world.
an empathy film?
Empathy is probably
the most important historical skill. Empathy involves
imagining yourself as somebody else in the past; putting
yourself into their shoes and seeing the world through
In this film you are going to be a medieval pilgrim.
But historical empathy also has very strict
rules. Empathy must be based upon real historical
evidence. You must not make-up events that have no
historical foundation in fact. Similarly, you must be
very careful to avoid historical anachronisms and other
You are at an inn, sitting by the fire, with a cup of
mead in your hand. You have your feet up, resting the
blisters, which cover your feet. You are nearly home and
this will be the last night of your pilgrimage
experience. The landlord has noticed that you are a
stranger, approaches and asks you for your story. You
have a drink of mead and begin.
Who are you? This is an important first question to
answer. The landlord will have noticed your pilgrim's
uniform, perhaps you might begin describing what you are
wearing, explaining the religious symbols of each of the
When and where did you begin your pilgrimage? What was
it about you and your life that made you want to go on a
pilgrimage? Remind yourself of the different motives of
medieval pilgrims: Did you travel to see and touch holy
objects? Had you committed sins for which you wanted
forgiveness? Did you just want to see the world? Perhaps
it was a mixture of all three?
How did you decide where to go? Was it the association
of a saint with a particular trade or illness, perhaps
you decided to let God decide? What things did you have
to do before leaving on your pilgrimage?
What happened on your journey? You will need to describe
your route and some of the difficulties you encountered
along the way: the food, accommodation, and languages
What did you see when you arrived? Remember that at some
of the bigger religious sites, the atmosphere was like a
carnival. There was a lot to see and experience.
But there was also the importance of reaching your
Did you see relics?
Did you bring back brandea?
Did anything miraculous happen?
Did you collect any souvenirs?
Did you make an offering?