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Tell Us a Story

Tell us a Story

Driving Question: How can a STEM program integrate literacy and maintain rigor?

Entry Activity (Posted) Tell Us A Story

Storytelling has existed since humans have been able to think.  And throughout time it has been shown that it’s a huge advantage to be a good, if not GREAT, storyteller.  Now it’s time for YOU to tell a story, and you have a lot of creative flexibility in doing so.  YOU choose the topic, the technology, the expression.  Yes, there is some required information, some required skills, but YOU get to craft how your story is told.  And if you really like your story, maybe you could be recognized for it through something like  Adobe Youth Voices contest or High School “EMMY” awards, or maybe just tell it, share it, because it’s great and worth hearing.

What is required:

  • Technology – YOUR choice of ANY technology.  While you might be learning a specific technology, you aren’t committed to it.  If you like to make movies, draw pictures, record music, use it!  Some other examples of presentation are: a digital story, a video game, a comic strip, or a children’s book. You are required to create a team web site to do your planning and share notes, documents, but other tech choices are all yours. Make sure you consider your audience when you are picking your medium.
  • Language Arts – Your task is to create a narrative story that teaches one science concept/AKS in a creative and interesting way.  Your story must include all the elements of an effective short story: plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), characters, conflict (internal and external), and theme. Make sure you consider your audience when you are picking your medium.
  • Science – You will be given an driving question to address.  It’s critical that you understand what the question is asking. Don’t wait on this!  Your story needs to be drafted soon, so understand what you are required to answer.

We will put the general project due dates on the calendar, as well as major due dates for specific subjects (but not every little assignment, so check your teacher pages for details).

9/9/14 – Project Kickoff:  Create and share a Google Site for your team.  There will be a form for you to submit the website address to your teachers.  Brainstorm ideas about the technology to be used and the story you want to tell, posted on your team site. Have a clear plan for the next week (you need a storyboard and script), with specific tasks assigned to specific team members, and post this on your team site.

  • 9/12/14 – Concept Outline needs to be on your team site. Please make sure have sent us your team site on the Project 2 form (on the front page of the CDAT9 site). Concept Outline is HERE
  • 9/16/14 – Storyboard and draft of story due at the end of the day, posted on your team site.  During the previous

You should not have any major gaps at this point.  Have a clear plan for the next week (try to finish the project!), with specific tasks assigned to specific team members.

Download Storyboard Rubric Here

  • 9/23/14 – Your goal is to be finished with most of your project by this date.  There will be a lot of fine-tuning to do, more than you expect.  Be ready to share a draft with your teachers for critique and suggestions.  Ask your peers as well.  Write up a specific list of tasks, assigned to specific team members, posted on your team site.
  • 10/2/14 – Project DUE!!
  • 10/3/14 Your day to show and tell your story.

Standards: NETS Technology , CCSS Reading Informational Text. Grade 9: RI 1-7 Writing: W 1-6

Benefits to Students: We prize self directed learning as the way to deeper learning. This projects advances key competencies for deeper learning including technology skills, critical and creative thinking, communication and collaboration. Students have ample opportunity and much voice to schedule their own time and work as real writers and thinkers as they do this project, share their stories and then reflect on what they learned.

(Citation: Reilly, M. Kirchner, N., Rohrbaugh, M. (2014) Tell Us A Story. CDAT, Lanier H.S. Lanier, Ga.)


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