The 5 page media project outline in the zip file is a different, fun way to engage students with Guy De Maupassant's short story, The Necklace. The story behind the creation of this project is quite interesting, as it was thought of by the Grade 7 class I had that year. They were so interested in the story, the themes/issues touched on and of course, the various characters. As a teacher, I appreciate how this story allowed me to collect marks in writing, media, and oral communication. Depending on how you could like to present this project and what you would like to focus, you can collect marks in those areas as well.
Project is organized as follows:
Page 1 - Introduction, Learning Goal, Pre-Planning (group member selection, scene selection, photographer selection, location of shoot selection)
Page 2 - During Shooting helpful suggestions and checklist of what must be included / displayed in the photograph (essentially the criteria found in the rubric)
Pages 3-5 - Post-Project Response: writing reflection that includes 6 questions that students must answer individually within their groups. These questions include a metacognitive portion, where students reflect on their actions / decisions throughout the project's process, what could've have improved, etc.). Students also reflect on the challenges and rewards they encountered / felt. Lately, students are asked to connect their experience with this project to the making in media in general and to explore whether or not it has impacted them as viewers / consumers of media.
The 1 page Word doc rubric adheres to the Ontario Curriculum expectations for Language Media, Grade 7 and incorporates the areas of: Knowledge and Understanding (i.e. lighting, angles / positions, use of costumes and props), Thinking (i.e. facial gestures, body languages, use of editing to enhance photograph's emotion/message), Communication (insightfulness and depth of personal reflection questions) and Application (overall effort, creativity, detail in final product). Rubric includes space to mark this individual areas and for an overall final mark. There is also some lines at the bottom for teachers to provide descriptive feedback / comments.
Since both the project outline and rubric are in Word Doc format, you can easily edit any aspect of this product should you wish to (e.g. removing / adding more questions, changing the margin size, changing the font size, changing marking criteria in the rubric). It can also be modified to suit the various needs (e.g. IEP modifications, accommodations, etc.) of your students.
Also available for THE NECKLACE:
* THE NECKLACE BY GUY DE MAUPASSANT COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS HANDOUT
Other SHORT STORY comprehension handouts available:
* THANK YOU MA'AM BY LANGSTON HUGHES COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS HANDOUT
* THE TELL TALE HEART BY EDGAR ALLAN POE COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS HANDOUT
* JUST LATHER, THAT'S ALL BY HERNANDO TELLEZ COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS HANDOUT
* THE MONKEY PAW BY WW JACOBS COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS HANDOUT
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