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.
For this digital storytelling unit, students are asked read the passage below, taken from the Edgar Allan Poe short story, “Ligeia.” Using at least three distinct elements therein, create your own 2 – 4 minute horror scene in the style of Edgar Allan Poe. By elements, we mean character, setting, words or phrases that suggest tone, emotional state, props, atmosphere, sounds or visuals.
“It might have been midnight, or perhaps earlier, or later, for I had taken no note of time, when a sob, low, gentle, but very distinct, startled me from my revery. I felt that it came from the bed of ebony – the bed of death. I listened in an agony of superstitious terror – but there was no repetition of the sound. I strained my vision to detect any motion in the corpse – but there was not the slightest perceptible….” (partial passage)
Meridian Stories' Edgar Allan Poe Horror Scene
by Meridian Stories
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