Action Research Plan

Below is my action research plan for exploring the use of video production in fostering reading and writing skills for at-risk students.  I am so excited about getting started and I am looking forward to examining my findings at the end of the nine weeks.  I am currently in the 3rd week of the project and the students are engaged and excited about using video production to express how they feel about an important person in their life.  This week in my grad course, I have learned more about the importance of documenting my action research project and have planned how it will be shared with administration and fellow teachers.

Action Planning Template
Goal: To use video production to improve the reading and writing skills of at-risk students.
Action Steps(s):
Person(s) Responsible:
Timeline: Start/End
Needed Resources

Get approval by administration.

Sonya C.

By Jan. 26, 2012
Written documentation and approval of tutoring permission forms for students.

Identify target population- Student who meet two or more of the following criteria:
  • has been retained
  • failed Reading TAKS in 3rd grade
  • failed 4th grade Reading and Writing benchmarks
  • has failing grades
  • is receiving Special Ed. Services
  • is receiving reading intervention during school hours

Sonya C.

By Jan. 26, 2012

Data from district data system

Pass out and collect signed permission forms for after-school tutoring.
Sonya C.

January 26-30, 2012

Permission Forms

Brainstorm why people watch movies. Watch and discuss short clips. Compare and contrast movies and books.
Sonya C.

January 31, 2012

Elmo projector, paper, and pen
Students should be able to make a connection between movies and written stories, the emotions and messages conveyed, and the impact on
the audience.
Introduce first video assignment: Create a short video about a person who is important to you. Relate to a writing prompt or
identifying a story topic.
 Students are to bring a variety of photos of the important person.
January 31-Feb. 7, 2012

Students bring pictures.
Introduce the concept of storyboarding. Identify storyboarding as a tool for organizing. Relate to planning phase in Writing and
using imagery when reading.

Sonya C. and students

Feb. 7-8, 2012

Paper for storyboarding and student pictures.
Students should be able to identify why organization is important to storytelling.
Introduce scripting and provide examples. Students develop a script for their video. Relate to Writing and emphasize organization and

Sonya C. and students

Feb. 14-15.

storyboard, pictures, and pencil
Students can write complete sentences.
Students share their scripts in small groups and receive feedback on the emotions conveyed in their scripts. Emphasize word choice and
relate to writing.

Sonya C. and students

Feb. 21-22

storyboard, pictures, and pencil
Students should be able to explain that reading a script aloud is a great way to check for sentence accuracy.
Introduce technology equipment such as a scanner and video editing software.
Sonya C.

Feb. 28-29
storyboard, script, pictures, scanner, microphones, laptops Students should be able to explain how to scan a picture and use a video editing software program.
Scan pictures and upload into video editing software. Intro to adding audio.
Sonya C.

March 6-7
storyboard, script, pictures, scanner, laptops, microphones Students should be able to explain how to add audio
Students learn to add music to their movie.
Sonya C.

March 21-22
storyboard, script, pictures, scanner, laptops Students should be able to explain how to add music.
Complete movie and showcase.
Sonya C.

April 3-4
storyboard, script, pictures, scanner, laptops Students should be able to complete movie and premiere final movie.
Students will write a composition about the person portrayed in their video.
Sonya C.

April 10-11

video, storyboard, paper
Students will be assessed on improved writing skills using composition. Reading skills will be monitored during the reading block.
Attention will be brought to using imagery to sequence and retell a story.


  1. I think your action plan will be exciting, fun, and informative. I have been incorporating more and more student created video projects into my curriculum. Surprising, we all learn a lot from it and my kids and I have great fun. I am impressed by the plan of action that you have developed as to building skills with your young group of learners. I am curious, how will you evaluate and measure the success of your plan in relation to at-risk learners? I look forward to following your action research.

  2. Even though I teach 7th graders, I love this idea. I am lucky enough to be in a district that has video cameras, etc. I am always looking for "FUN" ways to write after our state test. So much of our time is spent writing in essay format (and this year there are two!) that I really like to do something different after the test. We always watch Babe for "point of view" then I have them "become" an animal of their choice and write a diary of their week as that animal. I think this video idea, tied to writing, would also a good exercise that they would really enjoy. Great idea -- will be keeping an eye on how it goes.

  3. Thanks for the feedback! I revised my action research plan to identify how I identified students as at-risk and how I would evaluate their progress in the end.