Session Title: This I Believe Narratives (with Technology component) (3pm Chicago {GMT-5}, USA Time on Saturday, October 12, 2013)

Your Name: Maggie Maslowski

Work Title: English Teacher

School or Organization Name: Joliet West High School

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Joliet, Illinois in U.S.A.

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Teachers / Students who want Engaging and Motivating Assignments that allow students to express themselves in written/typed narrative essay format as well as by using technology by showcasing the narrative essays into digital videos, screencasts, snacktools, etc. This assignment utilizes common core standards and gives students a wide variety of choice to complete and show off their own Unique Genius.

Short Session Description (one line): Engaging assignment that allows students to showcase their personal beliefs in a creative format while using a variety of technological tools.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): The This I Believe Narrative with Technology component assignment is a three part project/unit. The project has some formative and some summative aspects for teachers following the common core state standards.

     Step 1: Students read/listened to a variety of This I Believe narratives on the NPR website. Students Summarized, Analyzed, Synthesized, and Evaluated the various essays to practice their writing and discussion skills.

     Step 2: Students wrote their own personal This I Believe statements that had to be between 350 and 600 words. We posted them on a shared school site, so students could peer edit the narratives.  Students then used the peer edit comments to revise and finalize their This I Believe narratives.

     Step 3: Students created multi-media video presentations utilizing a program of their choice (screencast-o-matic, moviemaker, PowerPoint,, flipcameras, and others) to visual showcase their narratives.


*This link is an example of a student (Hannah E) who wrote about the process of the project and why she was so engaged by it.

**This link is another student (Mike M) created screencast explaining the creation process as well as a glimpse of his completed project.


***This link is another student (Don Z) created screencast that explains why he really enjoyed using his creativity for the project.


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Love it! Thanks so much! I'm super excited about your topic! I posted your video in the forum and linked to your proposal but feel free to add to your page as well.

Great and interesting topic, I just hope it is at appropriate time for me!!

Thanks.  I enjoyed the project and so did my students. 

I am scheduled to present Saturday, October 12 at 3pm Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A time!  Hope that works for you!


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