Electrifying a history inquiry with iMovie Magic Movie

I’m always looking for engaging ways to introduce the use of primary sources in history. Current events are often a good hook.  With gas prices and electric vehicles in the news, a historic look at the emergence of electric automobiles and the early market competition between electric, steam and petroleum powered vehicles might be of high interest, especially to teens.

I model lessons for teachers that use primary sources from the Library of Congress and find that iMovie Magic Movie is one quick way to introduce a primary source topic. First I download the primary source images from the Library of Congress to a Photos album, then open iMovie and select “Create Magic Movie.” Next I select the pre-populated album and my movie is made!

In this case I added a debatable research question at the end by using the Magic Movie Title feature. You can also edit image length, order, titles and music as needed. From there, let the student questions drive the research!

Below are links to the resources I used for the iMovie Magic Movie in case you or your students want to explore this topic.

Images from - Library of Congress


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Posted on September 13, 2022

Such a great way to spark thought and discussion!

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