Author:
William Allred, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School
Tags:
Gimkit, Plot, Story Elements, Storyboard That, The Watch That Ends the Night, Titanic
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English

Education Standards

ELA Grade 7: Titanic 3: IMPACT! (How story elements interact)

ELA Grade 7:   Titanic 3: IMPACT!  (How story elements interact)

Overview

Students should have read up to the Seventh Watch. They will play a Gimkit game to review how elements of the story interact. Students will then create an alternate ending to the story. They must explain where they are stopping the original story and how some of the elements in the story interact with the new ending that they will create the alternate ending through Storyboard That.

Instructor Directions

Engineering and Design Process

Project Description

Name of ProjectIMPACT! (how story elements interact)
Subject Area7th ELA
Targeted StandardsRL 7.3-Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact.
Driving Question / Problem / ActivatorHow do elements of a story interact, and how does that propel the story?
Project SummaryStudents should have read up to the Seventh Watch. They will play a Gimkit game to review how elements of the story interact. Students will then create an alternate ending to the story. They must explain where they are stopping the original story and how some of the elements in the story interact with the new ending that they will create the alternate ending through Storyboard That.
Estimated Time3 hours
Materials / Resources (including link to slideshow if available)Text: The Watch That Ends the Night, Gimkit, Storyboard That
TagsGimkit, Storyboard That, Titanic, story elements, plot, The Watch That Ends the Night

Project Outline 

AskHow do elements of a story interact? Students will look at examples of simple fairy tales. They will talk in groups about how different elements of the story interact. Students will play a GImkit to practice these skills (search INTERACT-TWTETN)
ImagineStudents will work in groups to create a timeline of the story from one of the chapters in the book. There should one group for each of the watches (1-7). The teacher should create a timeline of the prelude with the students as a model of how it should be done. Then the students can work on their timelines. These should be done on large craft paper and posted in order around the room so that all students can access the information. Next, students should consider an alternate ending for the story. They can stop the original story wherever they want, but they need to make connections between elements in the original story, and elements in their alternate ending.
PlanStudents will plan their alternate ending, meet with a peer, and refine their plan before starting to write it.
CreateStudents will plan the alternate ending on a Storyboard sheet and then create their alternate ending in Storyboard That. Before they plan, share some examples of mistakes in the continuity in movies and how that impacts. There are lots of examples of these on Youtube. Just preview them to decide which clips are appropriate for middle schoolers. This will help them to see the problem when elements of a story do not connect.
ImproveStudents will peer review each other’s work so that they can improve their alternate ending and be sure that they are showing how elements from the original story connect to their new alternate ending.
Closure / Student ReflectionsStudents will look at the Storyboards of several students and critique them. After reviewing the comments others have made about their alternate endings, they will reflect on the changes they made and any changes they could make so that elements of the story interact well.
Possible Modifications / ExtensionsModifications: Some students may need to be limited to a certain chapter of the story because looking at the entire story may be too overwhelming. Sit with those students and be sure they understand the important elements of the chapter and how those elements interact. They should then brainstorm some ideas about what could happen next and whether or not some of their brainstormed ideas make sense with the rest of the chapter.

Evaluation (Pre/Post)  

Insert Links to Google Forms

 

Pretest Link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kTcdBxNYqJTZlkw7h3BLcQkkhSuIIdMMHppdYJmKhfs/copy

 

Post-test Link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EuFBrqsrY3KhH5oGeLypyOQapwbTYMaFozAsFChylxg/copy

 

 

Credits or Modified From

 

 

Additional Resources / Help for teaching this lesson

How to use Storyboard That:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkgNAMDL_sM

 

 

 

Sample Pictures / Video

 

  
  

 

 

Teacher Comments of what worked / did not work well

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