Exploring Conflict Solving Skills through ToonTastic
Show students ToonTastic video created by another student.
Some Examples: "Scary Camp Story" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJq-NUFPsdU
"The Exciting Story" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICVVpJMJik4
QUESTIONS FOR STUDENTS:
- The Setup introduces the characters and story setting. What happens in the beginning scene of “The Exciting Story”?
- The Conflict creates a problem for the main character. What problem did the girl face in the Conflict scene?
- The Resolution is where you show that the problem has been settled. How did the author show that the problem was solved in the Resolution scene?
2 Direct Instruction
Review the simple story plot our ToonTastic's will follow (Setup, Conflict, Resolution) Brainstorm together a list of possible conflicts and their resolutions for a story. Write each on an index card.
Introduce class to the graphic organizer we will be using for this writing process. Demonstrate completion of a graphic organizer using one of the class-generated conflict cards.
Divide the class into small groups. Give each group one of the brainstormed conflicts, and allow them to work together to make a rough draft / script of their cartoon using the given graphic organizer.
3 Independent Practice
Divide the class into small groups. Give each group one of the brainstormed conflicts, and allow them to work together to make a rough draft / script of their cartoon using the given ToonTastic graphic organizer. Once finished, each group must get teacher approval on their draft before moving on to the next step.
Once teacher approval is given, students will begin creating their group ToonTastic cartoon. A handout for creating a ToonTastic will be given to the students as a reminder of how to use the app. Students will set up their story, choose music, and record dialogue.
4 Conclusion / Assessment
Using an Apple TV or other screen sharing device, each group will present their completed stories to the class. Make sure to share the final product with an authentic audience in the classroom and/or on the school website (if appropriate!)
Student work may be assessed on:
- Clarity of Story (Clear beginning, middle end)
- Conflict and appropriateness of solution
- Presentation to peers
Key Standards Supported
(Begins in grade 3)
With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.