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Creating Narratives and Converting them to Digital Stories
1 Step 1: Engage
The instructor describes the importance of using effective techniques in narratives. He/she will then specifically talk about tenses (past, present, and future). She will also explain what a clear sequence means. Finally, the instructor will elaborate on the use of descriptive details and what effect it has on the reader.
The instructor will read her own narrative. Next, the teacher will present her own made up digital story. The teacher will then describe the technique used, sequence and the use of descriptive details. He/she will have the students engage by asking them to evaluate the story. The instructor will ask about the technique used, how clear the sequence was, and what details impacted them the most.
Finally, the instructor will introduce the tools that will be used towards the end of the lesson and how to use them to convert their narratives to digital stories. Furthermore, to motivate the students, the teacher will show the students examples of digital stories created by other students.
2 Step 2: Explore
The teacher will instruct each student to come up with a narrative using an effective technique. He/she will ask the students to provide a clear sequence (including a strong conclusion), and descriptive details (using dialogue). Next, the teacher will have the students form a group, or assign them to one. The group will then be instructed to analyze, evaluate, and decide on one story, belonging to a student in their group, to convert to a digital one. They will then, make adjustments to the story, without changing the plot, like adding details. The instructor will walk around the class, asking questions, and suggesting.
3 Step 3: Explain
The teacher will ask each group to present their draft to him/her. He/she will ask the students to describe the technique used (past, present, or future tense) and why they chose that technique. The teacher will also suggest more detail or to revise the sequence if not clear enough. If this is the case, the instructor will go over these components. The teacher will continue to discuss possible adjustments to make sure they have a clear sequence. In addition, he/she will point out what the strengths of the paper. After planning, and making adjustments to their narratives, each group will turn in their papers.
4 Step 4: Elaborate
The instructor will give each group a narrative belonging to another group. The groups will be handed a peer review sheet, where they will evaluate their classmates. They will evaluate:
The technique that was used. Explain if it was effective, why? or why not?
Give three details of the story, you found interesting. Make suggestions.
Was the sequence of the story clear? Why or why not?
Finally, the students will trade peer reviews. The groups will be given a final opportunity to revise and incorporate new changes in their final drafts.
The instructor will now have each group work on converting their narratives unto a digital one. He/she will walk around class helping the students.
5 Step 5: Evaluate
The teacher will ask each group to present their finished digital stories. After each video, the presenters will be asked to describe their technique choice and the reason behind this decision. After each presentation, the teacher will allow questions from the class to the presenters, and praise the students for their hard work.