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Digitally Telling the Story of Greek Figures

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Digitally Telling the Story of Greek Figures

Grades 5 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Fourteen 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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Students become engaged learners through this unit that prepares students for studying ancient Greece and combines learning basic research skills with digital storytelling skills.  While researching about Greek gods, heroes and creatures, students learn how to find main ideas in sentences and paragraphs in books and Internet articles, which they then learn to record in short phrases on index cards divided by topic.  Working with a partner, students turn these short phrases into the script for their digital story that includes music and pictures.

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  • Fact Fragment Frenzy:  Learning how to take notes is essential in any research project.  This online, animated resource guides students through the process of looking for main ideas that become their notes in fragments, rather than copying every word.
  • Microsoft Photo Story:  This free downloadable program allows the user to create digital stories with voice and music; however, it does not work with Windows 7.  For users with Windows 7, Voice Thread is a free online digital story telling Web 2.0 tool that will allow pictures and voice but no background music.

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Labbo and Place state that for technology to be successfully integrated into the curriculum, the technology must be “a good fit,” which they describe as a situation in which “the learning connections are clear and the selected activities add to the motivation and opportunities for students to gain knowledge not typically encountered in textbooks.  The fit is also good when students have occasions for gaining new literacy skills and strategies.”  This project matches that description.

First, students see a connection between learning research skills typically taught in language arts classes to using the information they find in social studies classes.  Secondly, the typical social studies textbooks do not go into depth about Greek gods, so the students are increasing their understanding of the topic.  Additionally, students are learning new technology skills through the use of Microsoft Photo Story.  Students are motivated to show what they have discovered in the research process, and this free software provides a platform for that to happen.


Further Reading

Labbo, Linda D. and Karen Place.  “Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration.”  Voices from the Middle. March 2010:  9-18.

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