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.
This unique digital storytelling unit asks students to re-examine things and places around them from a new perspective. Loosely based on a traditional Encyclopedia model, this project will put students at the helm as intrepid explorers and amateur anthropologists: studying select people, places, objects and ideas that surround them through both a subjective and objective lens.
The teams begin by researching and then choosing a person, place, object or idea to explore. This unit is less interested in regurgitated facts and figures that might be considered "encyclopedia worthy" than it is in the stories (real or imagined) that surround the chosen people, places, objects or ideas. The final digital story is meant to combine both the real attributes of their choice and the imagined attributes - the qualities that they imagine or believe or want to believe about their choice, reflecting both the mind of the writer(s) and the essence of object/person/ place/idea itself.
Meridian Stories' Encyclopedic Musings
by Meridian Stories
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