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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 Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Nine 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • School library or interlibrary loaned books on Greek gods

  • Classroom with whiteboard, speakers, and LCD projector
  • Computers with Internet access, microphones, and headphones
  • Index cards
  • Sandwich baggies or rubber bands

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

  • FactCite

    This is a subscription database that contains the Lincoln Library of Greek and Roman Mythology, which is an excellent resource available in print, too.  The reading level is appropriate for middle schoolers and students are allowed to use the images in their homework assignments.

  • Mythweb

    This website is a good place for students to start their research as the articles are short and very basic; however, not all Greek figures on the printout are at this site.

  • Encyclopedia Mythica

    This website is a great resource for folklore, mythology, and religion from around the world.  Furthermore, it shows how to cite the articles.

  • Greek Mythology

    This website has a good introductory page to the topic of Greek gods.  Students can easily search the site for more about their Greek mythological characters.

  • EasyBib

    This website can make creating a Works Cited page an easy task.

  • Microsoft Photo Story 3

    This is an alternative free software for using without e-mail addresses This program would need to be installed on computers  to produce digital stories.

  • Brainshark

    This free online tool will be where students to create their own digital stories.  It does require e-mail addresses for signing up.

  • BibMe

    This website can make creating a Works Cited page an easy task.

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PREPARATION

  1. This lesson is intended for classrooms in which an LCD projector and speakers are available so that the final project can be shared.  If the classroom does not have an LCD projector available, reserve a projector for the last two days of the project so that the final products can be shared.
  2. Check with the school librarian for print materials and databases on Greek gods, heroes, and creatures.
  3. Reserve time in your school computer lab for five class sessions.  If you are not using Brainshark, Microsoft Photo Story 3 will need to be downloaded.  Check that microphones and headsets will be available for recording the digital story.  Check that the tool you have selected for creating the digital stories works with the computers and familiarize yourself with that tool.
  4. If possible, sign up for a free class wiki at Wikispaces or a free class website at Google Sites or Wix. Post the research links and the link to Brainshark on the wiki or website.  If this is not possible, plan on telling the students the links.
  5. If this is the first research project for the class, instruction is needed for citing sources.  This can be accomplished using the mini-lesson Research Building Blocks:  “Cite Those Sources.” Furthermore, if this is the students’ first project citing sources, then using Exploring, Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing prior to this project would be beneficial.
  6. You can either print one copy per student of the printout Greek Figures, or you can project this printout as students are selecting their Greek mythological character.
  7. If students have not completed many research projects, print one copy per student of Taking Notes for a Research Project to help as they work on their projects.
  8. To help students plan for their digital stories, each pair will need ten copies of the Storyboard printout.
  9. If students will be using Microsoft Photo Story, print one copy for every two students of Microsoft Photo Story Instructions.  If students will use the online tool Brainshark, print one copy for every two students of My Brainshark Recording.
  10. Print one copy per student of the Digital Story Rubric and of the T-Chart Printout.

 

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