I created this as the summative performance task at the end of a textbook unit about nature. It is one of the first and only creative prompts of the year, so it’s an exciting opportunity for students to tap into their writing skills using figurative language, dialogue, interior monologue, and more. The possibilities with this are endless; a review on figurative language through a gallery walk or poetry analysis can definitely play as a precursor to this writing piece.
I have provided for you the template (revise as needed to tailor it to your students), the oral rubric (which you can identify the time requirements for...for me, it was a recorded video oral presentation for a minimum of 3 minutes, maximum 5 minutes), webcamera directions that you can choose to use or disregard pending whether this is an in-class or video presentation, the sample I have written with labeled items as required, and even a silly sample video I put together for the students. Note that my video is about 7 minutes long but it’s because I wanted them to see a variety of things: changing up their scenes and backgrounds, using different props, etc. This oral rubric can easily be used for an in-class presentation too. I just decided to do a video as it’s a low stakes oral assessment for them at the start of the year focusing on building rapport with the audience, honing presentation skills (eye contact, varied tone, gesturing, use of props, etc.), and building their confidence before presenting in class later in the semester.
*I have a Google Doc version of this if you are "Googly" - just email me and let me know! :)