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Making Memories: An End-of-Year Digital Scrapbook
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 60-minute sessions|
The goal of this lesson is to strengthen students’ writing skills through image and text correlation. Students use their prior knowledge to reflect upon the school year. They create a story of their memories using digital images, clip art, and PowerPoint. Images are placed in sequential order and enhanced using descriptive text captions. After the digital scrapbook is complete, classmates edit one another’s work using a checklist. Students present their digital scrapbooks to an audience to reflect on what they have learned and to share their knowledge with the school community.
Digital Scrapbook Assignment Sheet: This sheet for students provides the requirements and some reminders about the project.
Peer Editing Checklist: Students use this checklist to evaluate another student’s slideshow.
Assessment Rubric: This rubric can be used by the teacher to grade each individual slideshow.
Gabriel, R., & Gabriel, M. (2010). Power in pictures: How a schoolwide photo library can build a community of readers and writers. The Reading Teacher, 63(8), 679–682.
- The use of prior knowledge and literacy can strengthen school communities. Everyone has equal access to the funds of knowledge.
- In today’s world, students must become proficient at using the latest technologies and newest techniques in literacy. Computers and the writing process go hand in hand.
- Images or drawings tap into prior knowledge and serve as a prompt for students to begin writing.