The video below was the most popular with my students. The performances weren't difficult because I used to present them during class -- four times in one day. That gets exhausting, but it did help work out the kinks and improve some details. The recording took a total of about 30 minutes after school. I used a green screen for the middle scene, and a magnetized whiteboard was all I needed for the other parts. The iMovie editing took an hour, but not 60 consecutive minutes.
This was not a homework video because I wanted to be absolutely certain everybody saw it that day. I showed it in class, which was only slightly awkward. (Most sections actually clapped at the end.) The assessment came in the form of a group project: to re-present the Declaration in their own way while preserving the organization and the message of all 5 parts. Ask me for details about that project if you're interested.
My teaching partner wrote the script and most of the Powerpoint slides. I added some images and transitions, and then use Screencast-o-matic (freeware!) to produce the video. That program captured everything on a specific area of my laptop screen while I clicked through the slideshow and talked into the built-in Airbook microphone. I think I recorded this one sitting in my car while my son had a sports practice. Car interiors have good acoustics!
LINK: Here is a GoogleDoc of the video quiz. The questions were not a surprise for the students because I posted the same sentence starters on the Schoology assignment page. I want students to know exactly what they are accountable for knowing and understanding.
LINK: These are the essential understandings, so if a student missed or under-answered any question(s) then he/she must review the material and re-attempt the unsatisfactory portion of that quiz. I can say more about that in a later post, or you can comment to ask me about that.