End of Year Digital Portfolio
Students will synthesize their learning in English Language Arts by curating their reading and writing from the year with a template for a digital "one-pager" on a Google Slide--along with a few personal highlights.
This activity is a cumulative product that I designed for my 8th grade English language arts students to showcase their reading and writing and includes:
• explicit instructions for students with a nine-minute "how-to" video that walks students through the process and demonstrates everything kids need to know to complete the project (create and fill shapes, load new fonts, add a background, insert a link, add an image)
• step by step guide for teachers on use with Google Classroom and Google Slides
• a template to help students format their work (I encourage students to deviate from it but provide it as a starting point)
• assessment rubric
• student examples for inspiration
• a response sheet for students to use when reviewing a classmate's page
This power point was initially prepared in Google Slides, and I have provided a link so that you can make a copy of the presentation in your Google Drive. All student handouts are fully editable. It can be used in powerpoint as well; however, the instructional video demonstrates tools in the Google Drive.
Day One: Curate work from school year to select favorite books and three writing pieces; assemble corresponding images; discuss and share.
Day Two: Write rough draft of author bio. I recommend that you share yours. Students should include listed elements and write in the third person. Share. Begin assembling slide.
Day Three: Assemble slide; develop theme; share. Kids get creative with this and help each other achieve the look they want with the features they like. ("Hey, how'd you do that?")
Day Four: To practice speaking skills, have students record video presentation of slide. We use Screencastify, an extension that can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store. You may wish to book the library on this day so that each student can find a quiet place to narrate his her slide. They should include their rationale behind the selection of their writing pieces.
Day Five: To practice listening skills, have students listen and respond to the presentations of five (or however many) other students' presentations using provided response sheet. I have them use headsets/earbuds for this. (Great for the day after Open House.)
All slides are created on an 8.5x11 format and are easily printed for a beautiful and personalized bulletin board that features your students. These are also great to run as a slide show during Open House. I like to stand at the door so I can greet everyone and let the kids show their parents around. Playing the slides on the big screen with some fun music makes for a great Open House for all (and I don't get trapped in a corner!).
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