The Days of Our Lives
Teacher will begin by giving background information of Medieval Europe and the feudal system. Students will need a general background before they may begin researching. Teacher will need to introduce the various social classes of Medieval Europe including the peasantry, newly developing middle class, and upper class. Depending on academic level of the class, the teacher may want to give a general glimpse into the daily lives of each just to get students started.
Students will use the website www.scdiscus.org to research their particular social class and the daily lives of those in that class. There will be a plethora of information, so students will need to decide what is going to be the most effective information they will use to create their story.
2 Gathering Information into student generated graphic organizer in the popplet app
Teacher will instruct students on how to use the popplet app to create their own graphic organizer to organizer notes, facts, etc on the type of individual they are researching.
Students will use the popplet app to create a graphic organizer containing the important researched information necessary to create their story about this person.
3 Prewriting and Drafting
At this point, the teacher can pair students with those who have researched similar people. For example, two people who researched peantry can pair up to work on their story. This is optional. Teachers may require students to write their own story individually as opposed to working with a partner. Teachers will instruct students to begin drafting their story on paper just to get their ideas down.
Students will now take their notes and create a story. The catch to this assignment is that the story is fictional!! They are to create a fictional character who represents that social class. Then they are to tell a story about this character that is fictional but based in facts from what they have gathered from their research. For example, they will create a fictional peasant and write a story about a particular struggle or something that happens during a day of farming. The facts behind it are based out of what they learn
Teacher will walk students through the Book Creator app for those who are not familiar with it. The teacher will then instruct students to create their story from their prewriting using text, dialogue, pictures, color, etc to bring their story to life
Students will take their fictional story and create a story book using the book creator app. They must make their story creative, interesting and it must demonstrate their learning of this particular social class.
Once all books are finished, students will present their books to the class