This Digital Storytelling Unit is designed to be completed over the course of three to four weeks. Students, working in teams of three to four, will explore core curricular content and be required to make an engaging and creative short video about that content. This Digital Storytelling unit is part of a larger initiative called Meridian Stories (www.meridianstories.com).
Each Digital Storytelling Unit:
• Should take three to four weeks to complete;
• Is aligned to Common Core Curricular Standards;
• Contains an Evaluation Rubric that allows the teacher to clearly score and appraise the students’ work;
• Is designed to be integrated into the classroom; and
• Can be assigned as an extra credit project to teams of students that you think would benefit from this kind of alternative, deep learning experience.
In the year 2013, the month of April was both National Humor Month and National Poetry Month. That convergence is the inspiration behind this digital storytelling unit.
Student teams are asked to create a comic sketch – two to four minutes -- that successfully communicates the basic rules that govern three different kinds of poetry.
• The three different kinds of poetry are up to the team (or teacher).
• The sketch must communicate two or three characteristics of each poetic form.
• The sketch can be about any topic of their choosing.
• Comic Sketches generally take place in a single setting or location. The team may choose any setting or location that they want with one exception: the classroom. The sketch cannot be ‘a class’ that takes place in a classroom setting.
Meridian Stories' Comic Poetry Sketch
by Meridian Stories
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License