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Course 3

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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Course 1

30 Seconds of Fame

Well here it is! I put it to the test later this week. We’ll see how it goes and get back to you!


The Parent Teacher Organization is bringing in StarTime Studios http://www.startimestudios.com.au/ a performing arts group from Australia, to present our middle school students with a filmmaking workshop. They requested that our group of students write a television commercial script prior to their arrival. This would be used with a green screen to film the commercial during the workshop.

This allowed me to hit several Performing Arts standards including script writing, improvisation and character development through voice and gesture. They had to create a product that they wanted to sell.  The students began by brainstorming their product, and they came up with The Brainy Pill, it makes you instantly smart for a limited amount of time.

I thought it would be fun if we used the infomercial format as a model for the student’s commercial. We started out by viewing: The Shamwow, The OXY Clean Detergent Ball, and The Snuggie. We discussed the persuasive language and how they presented all their information.

Next we broke the commercial down to the parts we needed so each student would get a part to play. We had the ad man, questioner, three satisfied customers, an expert opinion, and finally the disclaimer speaker. The students chose the parts they wanted; lucky for me everyone got what they wanted with out any fuss. They worked independently to write their individual parts. Next we combined all the parts into one script and began the revising and editing process as a whole group making sure it flowed together. Finally the students gathered costume items for their commercial persona. They were very creative, and our ad man even brought in an earpiece microphone.

They will be rehearsing and filming their commercial when StarTime Studios arrives on April 28th. After all groups film their movies or commercials they will be presented at a viewing party modeled after the Oscars.