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Fantasy Fiction Video Finale

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Keywords: Flip Video, Fantasy Fiction, Response to Literature
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Video, Drama
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon, CA
Planned By: Kirstin Souza
Original Author: Kirstin Souza, San Ramon
Students are divided into reading groups where they read a common fantasy book and meet both in person and on line to share and reflect on their thoughts and ideas. At the end of the unit they collaborate to create a video response to literature about their story using flip cameras. They then import the videos into iMovie and edit to create one of the options below. Once they are finished creating their iMovie the videos are shared with the class so other students can see them and learn about the book.

Students are given 6-7 class periods to create, film, and edit an original way to bring the book to life for the audience.

Step 1: Choose 1 of the 4 options given to create a script based on the book for filming. Practice the script and prepare to film.

Step 2: Class tutorial on how to use the flip camera.

Step 3: Film the projects. Student groups are paired to film each other in various locations at school. They are encouraged to incorporate props, backgrounds, and costumes as appropriate.

Step 4: Class tutorial on how to import video clips and edit on iMovie. Student experts can be used to assist with this.

Step 5: Import the video clip and edit to create an iMovie dramatization.

Step 6: Present the video at a mini Movie screening and film festival in the classroom, popcorn optional.

Project Options:

1) Talk show panel: For this option you can present your book in one of two ways.
Option 1-Be yourselves and have a book discussion sharing your thoughts and opinions about your book. Be sure to include what you liked and things you would have wanted done differently in the story, as well as setting, character, and plot elements. Please do not give too many details away, so you donít spoil the book for others who may want to read it.

Option 2-Choose to be characters from the story. The characters are on the panel and the host asks them questions. The host asks questions on setting, character, plot, conflict, and theme. A minimum of 15 questions must be asked and can be addressed to a specific character, or all of them.

2) Siskel and Ebert(critiques review): Give a synopsis, or general idea, of the story, including your opinion on the storyline, characters, and setting. Then either give a thumbs up or down, depending upon your evaluation (opinion) of the book. Give a recommendation and be able to support it to the audience.

3) Reading Rainbow: Do a commercial for your story. Be sure to include a brief summary of the book, how you felt about it, and related books people may want to read if they like this one. You will be recommending this book to the audience in this type of presentation. Remember to give enough information to get others interested in the story without giving anything away.

4) Book (Movie) Trailer: Choose a minimum of 2 scenes from the story to advertise it to others. Be sure to choose scenes that will catch the audienceís attention, but not give away too much of the story. You will recreate these scenes and make the story come alive for the audience.

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This activity could be modified to apply to History/Social Science and Science by creating videos to bring other concepts to life and share with the class.
Survey the class to see if the mini films created student interest in books they haven't previously read.

Use the same idea to create "cartoons" for graphic novel groups.

Create newscast on concepts from Social Studies, like Greek "weather report" or on scene roving reports. You could also create a digital newspaper.
Materials: Power, Batteries, Tripods, Flash/USB Drives, Hard Drives, Video Tools, Projector Screens, Short Throw Projectors, Flip Video, Mobile Labs, Keyboards, Ports and Hubs