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Keywords: Video Making, Drama, English, Fairy Tales, Flip Video
Subject(s): Spelling, English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Technology, Social Skills, Video, Art, Grammar, Drama
Grades 4 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter (ASTEC), Oklahoma City, OK
Planned By: Rebekah Hightower
Original Author: Rebekah Smith, Oklahoma City
Students will first begin rewriting their favorite fairy tale incorporating current technology to change the story. For example how would the story of Cinderella change if she could simply send Prince Charming a text telling him that it was her shoe? What if the Miller's daughter could google Rumpelstiltskin?
Students will use an in class wiki to collaborate and write the scripts for their story. This will focus on Language Arts skills such as, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. As well as incorporating story telling strategies like character development and main idea. Also using skills like communication and collaboration through a computer to set up wiki site and share their ideas.
Once the scripts are complete students will rehearse like a play, create sets and costumes, and video their story to produce a short movie. Last students will use the computer lab of computers with video editing software to edit their movie in order to present it to the class.
This lesson will incorporate many technology and language arts skills. Creativity and innovation from the creation of the script. They will constantly be communicating and collaborating with classmates on this project. Students will also use skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making though the entire process.
It would be great to use this technology in my classroom. It would help students to learn in a hands on environment and afford them opportunities they would not normally have.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Language Arts and Technology
Students will become movie critics. They will watch the other groups movies and tell what they liked and what they didn't.
Materials: Flash/USB Drives, Camera Bags, Hi-Def Camcorder, DVD Camcorder, Flip Video, Flash Memory Camcorders, Memory Cards