I present to you my final COETAIL project:
With the deadline fast approaching I am starting to panic. It is taking a lot longer to get these projects done. Only seeing the kids every 4 days with our rotation schedule, then throwing in things like conferences, the book fair and field trips, i am running behind. The filming went really well. The kids were so creative and made props and brought in costumes. One group who didn’t want to be in the video created sock puppets and acted their story out that way. Some are even creating a bloopers real at the end of their movie with their messed up shots. Some groups are adding in special effects. They are so excited and no one is scared to try new things. That is the biggest thing I have noticed. The lack of fear. Many times these kids are so scared to try something new because it might effect their grade, but with these projects the fear is gone. That is and probably will remain the biggest plus. I can’t wait to post the final projects! Here is to hoping they are all done by May 5th! ::crossing fingers::
Planning sheets have been completed and groups have started to create their rough drafts. I am so pleased with the level of participation in this project and the creativity I see flowing through these kids. The issue I am combating at the moment involves making sure each member of the group has a say in the story and no one person is overtaking the project. I informed students that they would be completing peer evaluations for each of the members in their group. They would be telling how they felt each member contributed and collaborated on the story. I also told them I would be taking that into consideration when scoring. That seemed to solve the problem for now. The few who were being on lazy side seemed to be really working hard today!
It was mass hysteria as the students formed groups and discussed ideas for the mash-up story project. My principal happened to walk through the library during 5th grades time and had a look of confusion and alarm. My assistant and I assured him it was just excitement, although I think he believes I have lost control of the class
Groups have chosen their base story to work with, and have some pretty creative ideas for mashing things up. I am getting super excited to see the final projects (especially the Knights of the Round Table & Albert Einstein and the group working the with The Polar Express who would like to mash it up with Zombies).
Our school is currently building a new elementary school. Our Technology Director just sent around a survey asking us if we would prefer to have either 65″ LED TV or a 80-100″ screen and projector in our new classrooms. I have had plenty of experience with the projector and screen, but none with the LED TV. I have searched a few message boards online and read what people had to say. The TD says they are about the same price now here in Korea, so cost is not an issue. Anyone have any pros/cons for either?
Well after a crazy last 6 weeks (my grandmother passed away, my sister got married and my grandfather passed away) I finally got it together enough to create the first few lessons for my Literary Mash-Up unit. I began introducing the idea to my 5th graders this week. They were so excited! It made me really happy to see them so excited about a project. They think its going to be a really cool project that will show off their creativity. I personally don’t think they get enough time to show that side of themselves. It will also show me their knowledge and understanding of the plot, characters and setting of a story and how that is key to the success of a book and movie.
A mash-up novel is a work of fiction, which combines a pre-existing literature text, often a classic work of fiction, with another genre, such as the horror genre, into a single narrative. These often include horror fiction elements like vampires, werewolves or zombies. Of course not everyone is into guts, blood and gore, so we discussed other ways to mash-up a story. I showed them some examples from the New York Times and Screen Rant and we watched an example of a movie mash-up. This is Star Wars mashed with the idea of a silent film.
The basic outline of the project is that students will take a classic children’s picture book (such as a fairy tale, Dr. Seuss, etc) and mash it up with a different genre to change the story. Then when the book is completed students will create a script and will act out the book to turn it into a movie (just like Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter). They will film and edit the movie and share the finished product with the other 5th grade students. Students will work in groups of 3-5.
The idea of this project is seeming a little daunting. The fact that I started a new position this year and I am still figuring out what I am supposed to be teaching makes it difficult to revamp an entire unit from the ground up when I have never taught the unit before. However, being one never to back away from a challenge, here are a few options I think might work.