Author:
Melody Casey
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Lower Primary
Grade:
2
Tags:
  • IRPELA
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    New Character Creation Using Voki (AIG IRP)

    New Character Creation Using Voki (AIG IRP)

    Overview

    As part of a literature unit, the AIG students will be grouped to extend character analysis. They will work collaboratively to create a new character they would add to the selected story, and create a Voki, a digital avatar, to represent their created character. They will determine a specific purpose for the new character and analyze the relationship of the added character to the story's plot and sequence of events. This lesson was developed by NCDPI as part of the Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Instructional Resources Project. This lesson plan has been vetted at the state level for standards alignment, AIG focus, and content accuracy.

    Lesson Overview

    Brief Description of Lesson/Task/Activity: Concept: Relationships
    As part of a literature unit, the AIG students will be grouped to extend character analysis. They will work collaboratively to create a new character they would add to the selected story, and create a Voki, a digital avatar, to represent their created character. They will determine a specific purpose for the new character and analyze the relationship of the added character to the story's plot and sequence of events. 

    Time Frame: two 45 minute periods

    Type of Differentiation for AIGs:

    • Enrichment
    • Extension
    • Acceleration

    Adaptations for AIGs:

    • Process
    • Product

    Explanation of How Resource is Appropriate for AIGs: AIG students will benefit from this task through creating a new character to analyze, the open-ended nature of this task, and by using technology to collaboratively create a Voki speaking avatar to portray their created character. Voki motivates students and encourages creativity, and it is an effective language tool.

    Needed Resources/Materials:

    • Computers
    • Free Voki account or Voki classroom account (has a fee)

    Sources: http://www.voki.com/

    Teacher Notes: It is easy to set up and manage a Voki account. You can create a free Voki account that your students can access using an email address and password just for Vokis. It will be helpful to create a character Voki to share with the students as an introduction. Students could do this task independently, rather than with a partner, if you choose.

    Stage 1: Engage

    During a literature unit surrounding a story with rich characters, the AIG students will be grouped for an extension task. Activate prior knowledge about the characters in the literature selection. Discuss character traits and points of view from the story. Make a list of main characters and analyze their responses to major events or challenges in the story. 

    • Where in the text do you find the major events and challenges and what evidence tells you that this is a major event or challenge? 
    • Who were the main characters and how do you know?
    • How did the characters respond to challenges in the story? 
    • How would the main character (or any character in the story) respond to (name a type of problem)? (for example, going to a new school)

    Instruct the AIG students that their task is to create a new character that would enhance the story. They will name their character, decide which part of the story the character would appear in, and determine a specific purpose for their added character. Provide a generic example: In Charlotte's Web, you could add Fern's cousin, Nate Zuckerman, who lives on Homer Zuckerman's farm. He also tries to save Wilbur and assists Charlotte in creating messages that Wilbur is a special pig in order to save his life. 

    Share a Voki speaking avatar you have created.

    Give instructions for accessing the program. Highlight features of the program for creating an original speaking character.  

    Stage 2: Elaborate

    After the characterization discussion and instructions for the Voki program are shared, AIG students will work collaboratively with a partner to create a new character for the literature you are studying. The pairs will decide on a name for the new character and where they would best fit in the story. They will use the following guiding questions as they describe how the new character will respond to major events and challenges in the story. 

    • What is the relationship of the new character to the story?
    • How is your new character's point of view different from other characters in the story?
    • How will the created character add to the story's plot?
    • What will you name the new character? Why?
    • What dialogue would you write for your character?
    • Where does the character appear in the story?
    • How does your character interact with other characters in the story?
    • How does your character respond to major events and challenges in the story?

    Guide the pairs as they use the electronic program in creating a speaking avatar for their new character. What message will you type as the script for your Voki character? What background will compliment the new character? How will the clothing and accessories you choose help portray your created character?

    Stage 3: Evaluate

    Student created Voki characters will be shared with the whole class. The published Voki's and written responses to the guiding questions will be evaluated using a rubric to assess:

    • rationale for the character in the story, 
    • description and evidence of how the character responds to major events and challenges in the story, 
    • collaboration skills
    • creativity.