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This is a storytelling/writing lesson aimed for upper elementary students. They will create a digital story about a time in their life they got hurt. They will brainstorm, plan, and create their story. Then present the stories to the class. They will work collaboratively and on their own during the course of the lesson. This lesson is designed to take two one hour class sessions.Image credit: "Band Aid Flat Icon Vector.svg from Wikimedia Commons by Videoplasty.com, CC-BY-SA 4.0Standards: UT.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. UT.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3d - Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events. 
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Rachel Teasley on Aug 05, 03:49pm

I want to start by saying how great this lesson is! You have taken time to really think about how to engage your students and align your activities with the standards. Your students have multiple ways they are using technology in the classroom, which is very powerful and helpful for them to learn and grow!

• Something I like about this resource is how much in engages students in a life event that has happened to them. I feel students are able to open up and share their experiences if they can relate to what the activity is about, and having a scar is definitely an experience everyone has had in their lives. It will also give students the ability to share answers that are different from one another as well.
• An opportunity for improvement of this resource is possibly including a scaffold during your main activity section where students are then using PowerPoint to create images and slides for their story. Of course not for the entire activity since that is their assessment, but maybe including an opportunity to work in pairs for 1 slide together to support students who are unfamiliar with PowerPoint or who do not feel confident in the tools/how to add resources on it?
• Something I wonder about this resource is how it can include opportunities for multilingual learners. I see it is for 6th grade so providing detailed sentence frames may not be needed for class or paired discussions, but I think about the students who may come in new to the country for teachers who may want to use your lesson and need extra scaffolds.
• One new idea to consider in the design of this resource is to include a link to the graphic organizer you plan on using for Mindmeister. It may help teachers with choosing a main idea/details graphic organizer that works well for the lesson since there are so many options for that one!

Heather Payne @Rachel Teasley on Aug 07, 07:18pm

Thank you!
I added a lot more modeling and teacher talk during the instruction of the lesson. This will help accommodate a variety of learners and clarify expectations for everyone. I added more modeling into each step of the story telling process and in the technology piece as you suggested. I added suggestions on how to use the graphic organizer software and ways to do that step without the software.
I added more ability for choice with the topic if a student is sensitive to that. I also added suggestions to help accommodate English language learners.
Thanks for your great feedback!


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