I thought I would share some details about a recent project I undertook with my Year 8 students, which I thought was wonderfully successful! The unit of work was called 'Bookworm' and it was a combination of Technology and Applied Sciences and English. It ran for about 10 weeks or so. The idea was quite simple; students would undertake a novel study of a novel that they selected from a range, then they would use this novel as a starting point to launch themselves into the creation of a digital story. This story would take the The novel study was actually quite traditional, but I think this blend of old (a paper copy of a novel!) and new (an online digital story)was part of what made the project so successful. Students read their novel, and discussed things like plot, character and themes in small-group seminars. They also completed a bunch of different activities, some online and some offline. This culminated in an online video review of their novel. Having completed the novel, students then created a prologue to their novel, using hand-drawn images, which were scanned in, edited on the computer, and adding sound effects and narration. Students went through a process of scripting, storyboarding and designing solutions to reach the final product. These completed digital stories were then shown, at a short film festival, to an audience of Year 6 students, who voted for the best one. It was a huge success; I've never seen so many Francis Ford Coppolas or Quentin Tarantinos in action!
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