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Keywords: Language Arts, Grammer, Animation, Art, Speling, Writing
Subject(s): Foreign Language, Math, Journalism, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Photography, Music, Information Skills, Writing, Special Needs, Podcasting, Technology, Social Skills, Health and PE, Art
Grades 3 through 12
School: Encinal High School, Alameda, CA
Planned By: Mary Clarke-Miller
Original Author: Mary Clarke-Miller, Alameda
Opening - discussion on the art of Animation and what it takes to create a movie. depending on Grade level break it down into understandable bites.

Objective. Students learn how to expand upon an idea.
Tools: Word processing, Power Point for presentation, paint package - image creation - web comic strip tools - digital camera for stop motion project


Part 1.
1. Students open Word - type in names and save to folder.
2. PowerPoint - Animation - Character development - Understanding your self. Using a collection of finish the sentence choices
Examples are provided of a choice of beginnings .
3.students start by typing :
I have always been good at .. They finish the sentence then add a why statement and a conclusion statement.
The series follows a standard format of groupings - What the student is good at - What they Dream of - What they care about.

Part 2 - the character development of Hero, secondary and Villain.
Students will be asked to describe their characters physiology - sociology - psychology.
Lists will be provided : e.g. what hair color - where do they live (what planet) - how do they think. ( easy going - impatient - happy)
They will type the lists in word using tables to create a comparison chart ..

Part 3 - story development - Students will take their character description and create a story for them. They will write a short summary of the story's beginning, middle, and end.

Part 4 - drawing the characters - students ideally would use a digital drawing tablet and draw their character using a paint package. If not they can be drawn on paper and scanned in. Students will use their character descriptions as a guide for their drawings.

Part 5 - Story boarding - which will take the form of developing a comic strip based on the characters and stories developed.
to illustrate different tools and means of completion students will :
a. Create a Comic strip by hand (pen and paper) and scan in.
b. Students will use toondoo.com to create their own characters from pieces provided and create a comic strip which they can post to the web.
c. Students will draw directly on the computer using drawing tablets

Part 6. - conclusion
a. Students will take Key descriptions - research and images and create a PowerPoint sideshow for class presentation.
b. Students will compile all work into a class book for sharing using Word or desktop publishing package.
c. Students will create a class comic book. using word or desktop publishing package.

This leads into Lesson 2 - Creating Animation.
Projects - characters can be developed with a theme in mind. Science - math etc ..
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This can be used to show mastery in language Arts, and depending on topics followed an understanding of social sciences.
Pre-Production flows into Production where students will create a stop motion animation piece and a collage animation piece.
Links: link to toondoo.com
Materials: ESL, Social Studies, Middle, Elementary, Science, Math, Writing, Literacy, Reading, English/Language Arts, Flash/USB Drives, Cables, CDs and DVDs, Memory Cards, Batteries, Tripods, Camera Bags, Animation, Video Tools, Art Tools, Wacom Tablets, Microphones, Projector Screens, Short Throw Projectors, Projectors, Office Suite, Inspiration, Web Page, Slideshow, Clip Art, Music, Early Composition, Internet Services, Student Resources, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 2 flip videos