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, student teams are asked to explore Memorial Day, as seen through the lens of local heroes. Every single person that is commemorated on Memorial Day has an interesting history. In this digital storytelling unit, each team must create a two to three minute Memorial Day audio biography of either:
1. A person in their community who has died serving their country; or
2. A character that the student team invents who comes from your community and, in serving the US in a war (of their choice), died.
The focus here is on presenting the story of a person’s life – in that time, in your community, in that war -- and not just an account of their life or of the war. The story can be presented in the first or third person. We recommend that approximately half of their audio biography focus on his or her life in r community, and the other half on their time spent in the war.
MEridian Stories' Memorial Day AudioBiography
by Meridian Stories
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License