Monday, February 16, 2009

Project Sketch: A Metamorphosis

Project Sketch:
Essential Questions:
1. What defining moment in your life led to a personal metamorphosis?
2. How can you effectively communicate your metamorphosis using symbolic language, graphics, music and voice to others in the class and interested people in the larger community?
3. As a result of your metamorphosis what did you learn and how does this connect to themes in Kafka's work?
4. As a result of your project, what did you learn about effective communication?

Students in my ELW (English Language Workshop) have studied Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka in graphic novel form adapted by Peter Kuper. An analysis of the text, visuals and literary devices has allowed students to uncover the universal themes. the novella models a sincere expression of personal identity, so in response to this novella, students will communicate their own personal metamorphosis using symbolic language, metaphor, or motif to show connections to the themes in the novella. Students will create and narrate a digital story using PhotoStory 3. They will use their voices effectively to communicate a change in their own identity. They will consider the emotional impact of the story when selecting graphics and music from a variety of websites or they can create their own art which will be scanned into the story frames. The stories will be made available to all other students for viewing and comment in the class on the ELW wetpaint site and students will be encouraged to post them on utube. Students will write a reflection at the end of the project.

Outcomes, understandings and skills: The Project would address Student NET Standards
1. Creativity and Innovation (Bloom's Creating ex. design principals)
a. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
2. Communication and Collaboration
a. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of digital environments and media.
3. Technology Operations and Concepts
a. Select and use applications effectively and productively

The Project would address Teacher NET Standards
1. Facilitate and Inspire Students Learning and Creativity
2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
3. Model Digital-age Working Learning
4. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

1. Psychomotor - perception
2. Affective - understand one's own feelings and express them to the viewer
3. Cognitive
Understanding and Analyzing the Text
Applying understandings to original oral and written text, images, and music.
Creating original oral and written text, images, and music.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Barbara,

    I just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying your blog! For some reason the captcha (text as image before you post a comment) is not working this morning and I can’t seem to leave my comments on your blog (arg!).

    So, here they are (if you can add them as comments to your individual posts, please feel free to do so, not sure what’s wrong with the commenting today):

    You are certainly in the right place at the right time! Connections are what this course (and the certificate) are all about. I'm so glad you're learning along with us!

    Love, love, love this project! I'm so jealous of your students - this is going to be an excellent experience for them!
    Kim Cofino writes
    You might also want to check through Google Blog Search and take a look at the Support Blogging wiki (where teachers that are blogging with their classes list their names and blogs). Another option is to check some of the social networking sites like Classroom 2.0.