This is a rigorous, complex, and student-directed Project-based learning lesson. Students will be creating a publishable book on an original macabre subject of their own choosing. Once students have created their own macabre story, they will design, develop, and illustrate that story using the Internet-based program, Shutterfly.
This product contains all the information you need, including the actual project, a series of PowerPoint notes, all the worksheets needed to monitor progress, and all the appropriate rubrics needed to evaluate and assess.
This project will take approximately: two weeks (10 days) to accomplish
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Here is what is included with this PBL:
1. READ ME FIRST! (Teacher instructions and advice for this PBL).
2. Stories of the Macabre: the complete assignment (in PDF format).
3. Stories of the Macabre (Notes): in PowerPoint format).
4. The Publishing Rubric (six total-in PDF format):
5. The Work Ethic Rubric (in PDF format).
6. Weekly Writer’s Log (in PDF format).
7. “What’s the Plan?” (in PDF format).
8. Student Self-grading & Evaluation (in PDF format).
9. Teacher Response to Scores (in PDF format)
COMMON CORE STANDARD(S) MET:
Reading Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details
Writing: Text Types and Purposes
W.3.: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
W.4.: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
W.6.: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Writing: Range of Writing
W.10.: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two).
Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
L.5.: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.