Writing with Digital Storytelling
Grade Focus: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Subject: Language Arts and Cross-Curricular
TEACHER PREP TIME: 1 hour
Students will collaboratively develop and write a story using the free Microsoft Photostory 3 software. They will add and edit images, insert text, narration, music and transitions.
ASSESSMENT / GRADING:
Using a rubric, the stories will be evaluated on their storyline development and use of software for editing and adding images.
TIME MANAGEMENT TIP:
Teams of four will work together to develop the story. You may choose to “time” each writing session and run the session like “musical chairs.” Each person will add to the story in a limited time.
To complete your project you will need a computer that has an Internet connection, digital imaging software, and digital storytelling software.
Before you begin your research you might want to review the Center for Digital Storytelling http://www.storycenter.org/
Choose a photo for your story starter.
Photos and pictures can also be found at:
Setting Thumbs http://home.freeuk.net/elloughton13/setting.htm
Picture Prompts http://www.storyit.com/Starters/picstart.htm
Once you’ve found a photo that you like, brainstorm answers to this list of questions:
These resources may help you as you write:
1. Begin by forming a team of no more than four people.
2. Practice storytelling with your team. Choose one of the “story starters” below. Ask one person to begin telling a story to the group. This person will continue telling the story until the teacher calls time. Have each group use a storyboard to map out their ideas and script.
3. Then, the story passes to the next person in the group. This person continues the story until the teacher calls time.
4. The story continues to pass until everyone has had a chance to add to the story.
5. The first person finishes the story.
6. Discuss these questions as a team:
7. Look for photos. You and your team will choose ONE photo as the basis of the stories that you will be writing. Each person will begin their own story using the same photo for inspiration.
8. Your teacher will determine the length of each “writing round.” You will have at least five minutes to write before the round closes. You will start your own story and write at least a sentence or two. Be sure to save the story. Be careful with your file management. Save the files on a computer’s desktop and in the same place at the end of each writing session.
9. Move to one of your team mate’s computers. Carefully read what your team mate has already written. When the teacher officially starts this “writing round,” begin adding to your team mate’s story. You must pick up the story where your team mate left off. Continue writing until the round is over. Save the work again, adding your initials to the end slide.
10. Continue moving to new stories until you return to your own story. Carefully read to follow the growth of your story. Write your story’s ending.
11. Pair with another classmate to “peer edit” each other’s work.
12. Revise your writing based upon comments from your peer edit. Add images throughout the story to help tell your tale.
13. Add an acknowledgement page that will include your name, the names of your collaborative team, the year, your school, and city.
14. Read your story to the class. You and your classmates may also choose to record your stories as audio and video podcasts to share with other students.