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CLASSROOM WITHOUT WALLS PRESENTATION 

BENCHMARKS:

  • ELA 9.10.3 Effectively creates multimedia presentations using text, images, and sound
  • ELA 5.20 Understands techniques used to influence the audience and accomplish a purpose

SUMMATIVE TASK:

  • Create a presentation about 5-8 minutes long and embed it into your website. The purpose, audience, and topic should be clear from clues like the title, captions, or other text in the presentation. The presentation should convey a unique perspective from you, in a voice you have chosen for a particular audience, about your CWW experience.

STUDENTS WILL NEED:

  1. A Tour of the Amazon Rainforest (33 min.) 
  2. Refugio Amazonas Amazon Rainforest Adventure Peru
  3. The Amazon- Leticia Colombia
  4. Sights & Sounds of the Colombian Amazon
  5. Colombian Amazon
  6. Amazon Rainforest Deforestation
  7. Amazon Dries Up
  • Use of a mindmapping tool such as Spiderscribe or tips from a website such as this one for making a paper one. Watch this video to see some tips on mindmapping. For iPad users, search for free or low-cost apps in the app store.
  • Use of an online storyboard tool or template for a paper storyboard (here are instructions for making a storyboard in Word). Click here for a good example of a storyboard. You can also do a Google image search for “storyboards” to see more.
  • Movie editing software or access to movie-making program

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

  • How does digital storytelling compare to more traditional types of English class assignments (such as essays, posters, or journals)? In what ways is it “better” (if any); how is it “worse” (if you believe it is).
  • What are the tools I have at my disposal to best convey my story?

ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORT EACH BENCHMARK (click here to download a copy of the activities):

Benchmark 9.10.3: Effectively creates multimedia presentations using text, images, and sound Poss. Points
KNOWING 1
UNDERSTANDING List the 7 elements of digital stories 2
APPLYING Create a mindmap in which you describe your voice and the first 5 elements of digital stories (see ***below for details) 2.5
ANALYZING Prepare a script for your digital presentation 3
CREATING make a presentation 5-8 minutes long that conveys a unique perspective from you, in a voice you have chosen for a particular audience, about your CWW experience 3.5
EVALUATING Peer feedback/Final reflection 4
Benchmark ELA 9.5.20 Understands techniques used to influence the audience and accomplish a purpose Poss. Points
KNOWING Watch the digital stories on YouTube and identify its MAIN purpose 1
UNDERSTANDING For each video, identify the techniques related to text, image, and sound employed and comment on how each technique contributes to that purpose (or not) 2
APPLYING Decide on the MAIN PURPOSE of your presentation 2.5
ANALYZING Identify and list all the images, sounds, and facts you are considering including in your presentation (10 ideas in each list– 10 SOUND ideas, 10 IMAGE ideas, 10 FACTS ideas) 3
EVALUATING Choose presentation tool and make storyboard (!!!see requirements below) 3.5
CREATING make a presentation 5-8 minutes long that conveys a unique perspective from you, in a voice you have chosen for a particular audience, about your CWW experience 4
***MINDMAP REQUIREMENTS:

The mindmap must include the following:

  • a dramatic question
  • the point of view you will use (1st or 3rd person)
  • the intended audience (if you haven’t decided, then list your options)
  • 3 words describing the kind of voice you wish to convey in your story
  • descriptions and ideas for the text, images, and soundtrack (you can use some of the ideas that you brainstormed from your “list of 10″).

!!! STORYBOARD REQUIREMENTS

  • You may use a digital tool or paper
  • You must have at least 8 frames with an image inserted or drawn into each
  • For each frame, include details about the soundtrack and text (text= words on the screen AND any spoken words)
  • You may include everything that would go on the script or just summarize the text
Final Reflection (write one paragraph for each of the following questions):
  1. How does digital storytelling compare to more traditional types of English class assignments (such as essays, posters, or journals)? In what ways is it “better” (if any); how is it “worse” (if you believe it is).
  2. What is a lifelong skill I learned as a result of this project (if you did not learn anything, then make a suggestion for Mrs. Thomas to improve this or other projects in the future).
  3. Visit 3 other student blogs (CWW or “Projects” page) and re-view their digital stories. Give them feedback on how well they achieved the two benchmarks (ELA 9.5.20 Understands techniques used to influence the audience and accomplish a purpose and 9.10.3: Effectively creates multimedia presentations using text, images, and sound) or tell them what they might have done differently to demonstrate their mastery.
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