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For Teachers Earth Trails Productions


We've hired several new people. Here is a list of frequently asked questions that should help our new team members get started.

Q: What is the best way to learn the ropes?
A: Start out by exploring the river. After you know what is out there, take a look at the assignments that are available. Choose an assignment that interests you and have fun with it.

Q: Where do I find the information for my assignments?
A: You'll find information in the books you read, from the people you talk to, and everything you can see and hear.

Q: How many different sources should I use for each of my assignments?
A: Always check the assignment's requirements for specific media needs. For example, a photo essay will obviously rely heavily upon photos. A short story may only require one photo or a video to set the tone. Some assignments will require all five screens to have media, others won't.

Q: How do I know that I have all the information available?
A: The Executive Producer, Ms. Edwards, will be sending you messages through the Trail Mail system (in your Amadeus Media Composer) to help you along. And don't worry about getting all the information. Get enough to create a well-rounded piece. You might decide that you have to do extra outside research to complete an assignment the way you want. Go for it.

Q: Does Earth Trails provide me with any sort of checklist of criteria?
A: In addition to fulfilling your requirements (listed with each assignment), keep your copy of the Cornerstones of Quality with you all the time. After you finish assignments, use the checklist specific to your assignment and the Cornerstones of Quality as your checklists. Some assignments will benefit from the ABCs of Persuasive Writing and the Field Tested Guide to Problem Solving.

Q: When will I be able to choose my own assignments?
A: While you are learning the ropes, the production office provides you with a list of possible assignments. You can access them on your Amadeus. After you have successfully completed three of our assignments, you will move up to feature producer status. This gives you the freedom to create your own assignments, travel anywhere on the river you want, and tackle any issue that is important to you.

Funding provided by
USDE Star Schools grant #R203K990001 and Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust

What is Earth Trails Productions?
Meet the Boss
Jill helps you jump around
Fritz Answers Questions


Employee of the Month

Cornerstones of Quality

ABCs of Persuasive Writing

Frequently Asked Questions

The Field Tested Guide to Problem Solving