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!