21st Century Content ~ Language Arts

Description: Focusing on the content area of language arts, a scope and sequence literacy map from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills will be shared along with ideas for integrating 21st Century Skills into the language arts curriculum. Lessons from the curriculum map will be shared and demonstrated.

Presenters:
Marilou Jasnoch & Linda Peters, ESU#3

21st Century Skills Map - English

4th Grade Lesson

4th Grade Standards
Assignment:
Language Arts/21st Century Skills Outcome: Create a visual poem based on the image below. Develop a presentation of the visual poem that effectively coordinates language, music, and images to represent an interpretation of the picture.

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  • All students brainstorm key words and phrases pulled from the image and post in Google Docs
  • Writing Groups create a visual poem (word cloud) using Wordle
  • Writing Groups create a video presentation of visual poem using images and music in Animoto
  • Each group publishes its final presentation on Wikispaces
  • Writing Groups respond to Zoomerang survey rubric to self-assess and peer-assess presentations
  • All students contribute/participate in class discussion of the use of literary techniques, music, and visual images to convey meaning

Animoto Examples:






8th Grade Lesson

8th Grade Standards
Assignment:
Language Arts/21st Century Skills Outcome: Create a video trailer promoting a favorite short story as a “must read.” Use the conventions of promotional presentations and the specific conventions of movie trailers. Add appropriate sound effects and background music.
  • Publish the draft of short story trailer Planning Template on Googledocs for peer review
  • Peer review assigned Planning Templates using the rubric
  • Create the commercial using flip camera.
  • Publish the final presentation on class Wikispaces
  • Respond to Zoomerang survey on assigned presentations
  • Contribute/Participate in class discussion of the use of promotional techniques to convey meaning

Short Story Nominees: (list comprised of those read as a class assignment and/or as individual reading)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button trailer
Apple Trailers

Example: Would you want to age in reverse like Benjamin Button?

12th Grade Lesson

12th Grade Standards
Assignment:
Language Arts/21st Century Skills Outcome: Record a dramatic reading of a meaningful poem or passage using appropriate inflection and expression. The literary selection must reflect the theme (selected from assigned options or pre-approved). The meaning of the literary selection is enhanced with appropriate music. The student also records a commentary discussing his/her intentions of the literary selection and its relevance to the theme, as well as the student’s rationale for the creative decisions (music and video).
  • Provide a cited copy of the literary passage and a draft of the student’s commentary of relevance to theme on Google Docs for peer review
  • Create Audio file of reading using Audacity
  • Add music from FreePlayMusic.com
  • Publish the final presentation on class Wikispaces
  • Respond to Zoomerang survey on assigned presentations
  • Contribute/Participate in class discussion of effectiveness of various techniques implemented in tying a literary selection, creative decisions, and presentation strategies to convey meaning.

Examples:

Linda ~ "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein


Marilou ~ "Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes


Erin ~ "A Word to Husbands" by Ogden Nash


Bill ~ "Time Somebody Told Me" by Quantedius Hall (age 12)


Matt ~ "Bear in There" by Shel Silverstein


Today's Handout

Follow-up Session -

Language Arts Full Day Workshop ~ April 7, 2009