Pass the Mic: Personal Naratives

The idea for this UbD lesson came up as the school was planning our middle school cultural field trip and after week 4′s lesson on digital storytelling. A colleague (and COETAIL cohert) and I saw the potential to hit several standards in both Language Arts and Performing Arts as well as create a very exciting and meaningful lesson for the kids.

Students would be able to build on Performing Arts skills such as vocal expressions, vocal variety, diction, gesture, and overall confidence in a oral presentation…something I need to work on myself.

In Language Arts students would keep journals with daily entries while on the field trip. Students will rework their journal entries into a readable script.

In Performing Arts students will work on reading scripts out loud and to each other with regular critiquing for perfecting presentations prior to recording. At this time students will continue to develop the vocal skills required for a successful oral presentation.

A number of the accompanying chaperones from the field trip will compile photos and a CD of images will be burned for all students. These images will then be used by students and inserted into their oral presentation projects using voicethread.com.

We’ll follow the same format we used when we made “Grandma Jo’s Cupcake Blues”, but as mentioned above, go with voicethread.com as opposed to vuvox.com.

So that’s kind of the plan in a nutshell or two! We will see how it goes soon! The field trip start tomorrow!

…and here is Course 3′s final project. A joint collaborative effort between Middle School Language Arts and Performing Arts. Always looking for feedback! Enjoy!

UbD: Personal Naratives

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4 Comments

  • November 6, 2011 - 3:43 am | Permalink

    Great project idea! Would love to hear how you came up with it and how you plan to implement in the classroom!

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:56 am | Permalink

      Hi Kim!

      The idea came up as the school was planning our middle school cultural field trip and after week 4′s lesson on digital storytelling. Diana and I saw the potential to hit several standards in both Language Arts and Performing Arts as well as create a very exciting and meaningful lesson for the kids.

      Students would be able to build on Performing Arts skills such as vocal expressions, vocal variety, diction, gesture, and overall confidence in a oral presentation…something I need to work on myself.

      Diana has students keeping journals with daily entries while on the field trip. She’ll work with students on rewriting the journal entries onto a readable script.

      In Performing Arts we’ll work on reading our scripts out loud and to each other with regular critiquing for perfecting our presentations prior to recording. At this time we’ll continue to develop the vocal skills required for a successful oral presentation.

      A number of Chaperones will compile photos throughout and a CD of images will be burned for students. This images will then be used by students and insert into their oral presentation projects.

      We’ll follow the same format we used when we made “Grandma Jo’s Cupcake Blues”, but go with voicethread.com as opposed to vuvox.com.

      So that’s kind of the plan in a nutshell or two! We will see how it goes soon! The field trip start tomorrow!

  • March 8, 2012 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    Heya Andrew,
    This sounds like a great project. How did it end up turning out? I am currently doing a collaborative project with Social Studies. My students in English class are going to create a digital story based on the research they are doing in their Social Studies classes. We are using wikis to plan our stories and are planning to use Voicethread to record the stories. Do you have any advice?

    • March 11, 2012 - 6:44 am | Permalink

      Hi Mary!

      Sounds like a good idea!

      I highly recommend Voicethread. We initially used Vuvox and it was a little too touchy for our likings. Perhaps I’ll go back to it another time.

      We found it very helpful for our students to lay out a storyboard in advance with their images. They were able to more easily break down their writing into a script format which made everything flow more smoothly. Let the kids rehearse dialog individually and with partners in advance. It helps to make the recording later feel more natural and less “scripted”. Don’t forget to have them in a very quiet place when they lay down their dialog. It removes annoying background noise, distractions from classmates and most importantly illuminates that self-conscious feeling of performing in front of friends.

      Overall the projects turned out really well and many of the kids opted to use it as evidence of learning for their student led conferences last week. It really gave them something unique and memorable.

      I hope I haven’t replied too late to help out! Been swamped with play rehearsals here. Show time Thursday!

      Take care!

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