Every year, seniors in Mr. Mandosa’s class at Medfield High School read the ever-so-legendary tales of King Arthur during the month of November. Near the end of this unit, students are given a video project in which they choose a tale or two about King Arthur and make their own short movies. Students gather in groups of an average of five friends. After picking groups, they are given a month to rehearse, make, and edit their movie.
When asked about the importance of this project, English teacher Mr. Mandosa said, “The importance of this project is the bringing of an appreciation of the legend of King Arthur into the twenty-first century, using twenty-first century technology.”
He then went on to describe his favorite part of this project, saying, “I can see all of my students in an entirely different light. For example, quiet students bring out their sense of humor and outgoing students reinforce their humor.”
The idea for this project came from two or three seniors in 2003 or 2004, who made a King Arthur movie as an extra credit assignment for another teacher. This teacher then showed Mr. Mandosa the video, and he has been assigning this project ever since!
His expectations for this project are simple. “My anticipations for this project are that students can prove a solid, conceptual understanding of the legend that so many of them know from their childhood in a more age appropriate, sophisticated, and fun way,” said Mandosa.
After interviewing one of Mr. Mandosa’s students, it seems that this project is something that all seniors look forward to. This student said, “Not only is this project fun to make with your friends, but it’s even more fun to watch the other videos of classmates. It really gives the class a good laugh and an even better understanding of the legend all at the same time!” Students get to put their own twist on their videos and express themselves in a fun, cooperative way!
This article was written by Lexi Nasraway, a Medfield High School student and member of the student newspaper, The Kingsbury Chronicle. The piece is part of Medfield Patch's weekly series, "Warrior Weekly," helping provide information about MHS to the local community.