Ms. Young Grade 8 Holiday Narrative Assignment 2014

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Each year, Ms. Young asks her grade 8 students to write children’s books to give as Christmas gifts to children in the hospital or at the Rosewood shelter.

Students are going to add activities and artwork to create a gift storybook for children at the shelter.

Learning Goal: 

Use technology such as Smart Ideas or Mindomo:  to create a plan, define the elements of a story and organize your thoughts.

Language Arts:   Write a Narrative children’s story using the writing process and distinct voice.

Due Date:  December 2014

Preparation time:  November and December 2014

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Ms. Young’s Grade 8 Narrative Project

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Each year, Ms. Young asks her grade 8 students to write children’s books to give as Christmas gifts to children in the hospital or at the Rosewood shelter.

During our weekly computer classes,  students are going to adapt those stories into an interactive “Choose Your Own Adventure” type story using powerpoint.  They will also use Smart Ideas to help them plan and outline their stories.

Here is a draft version of the assignment prepared by Mr. McGaughey and Ms. Young

ASSIGNMENT:  Use SMARTideas and Powerpoint to create a choose your own adventure style story.

Learning Goal: 

Smart Ideas:  Use an outliner and brainstorming to create a plan, define a problem and organize your thoughts.

Powerpoint:  Gain confidence in using powerpoint to create slides using multimedia, transitions, hyperlinks.

Language Arts:   Write a Narrative children’s story in a non-linear style.

Due Date:  December 2013

Preparation time:  Once weekly with Mr. McGaughey and maybe more if Ms Young books the laptops.

 

Success Criteria:

  • Creates an outline of the story and choices using SMARTideas.  Should include at least 3-10 parts/choices.
  • Writes the full story using power point.  Try to include–  Prose (Words) , clip art, audio clips and transitions.

 

Resources: 

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Digital Storytelling

The grade 7/8 class is creating digital stories to educate and inform others about social issues.   In my weekly lessons with the class we have been discussing ‘What is digital storytelling?’ and the tools they can use to make them.

 

Learning Goal:  Students will apply the creative process to publish a multimedia work in order to educate and inform their chosen audience about a social issue linked to their grade curriculum.

Oct 29:  We watched videos about what is digital storytelling.

 

The primary tools the students will be Smart Ideas and Microsoft Photo Story.

 

 

 

Minds on Media Test

Today I am having a great conversation with other teachers about podcasting at the SCDSB 2011 Minds on Media Day.   I recorded a little song using Microsoft Songsmith and one of the teachers asked me to show him how to upload it as a podcast.  There is a free Academic version of Songsmith available for teachers.

Here it is.  twinkletest.

I also talked with people alot about:

Blogging using WordPress,  Blogger or Edublogs.org

RSS Feeds

Feedburner

Google Reader

Recording using audacity

Using plugins with audacity

Converting audio and video files using winff

Bayview Family Literacy Day Websit,e:  Families, classes and community members record a voicemail about their favorite book to a local Midland phone number.  We post these reviews on the website along with the book cover.

Free Tools used:

Snow Days

For the past 3 days in my area we have had snow days. It was not a snow day at my school today but it was for me because of my area.

I live in the West zone of Simcoe County but I go to school in the North zone. Today the buses were canceled in the West zone but not the North zone. My bus could not pick me up because I live in the West zone but school was not canceled for me. My mom does not like to drive in the winter, so I stayed home and wrote this blog instead of going to school.