Author:
William Allred, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
High School
Tags:
  • Symbol; Theme; 3D Print; TinkerCad Projects; Visual Representation
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    9-12 ELA: English: 3D Print a Symbol

    9-12 ELA:  English: 3D Print a Symbol

    Overview

    Students will determine the most important symbol or a theme in a text, then they will use TinkerCad program to create a 3D representation of that symbol/theme. 

    Instructor Directions

    Engineering Design Process

    Project Description

    Name of Project3D Print Symbol
    Subject AreaEnglish 9-12
    Targeted StandardsRL.1-3
    Driving Question / Problem / ActivatorHow can you use TinkerCad to create a 3D representation of a major symbol or theme of the anchor text?
    Project SummaryStudents will determine the most important symbol or a theme in a text, then they will use TinkerCad program to create a 3D representation of that symbol/theme.
    Estimated Time3, 30-minute sessions
    Materials / Resources (including link to slideshow if available)Student Chromebooks, 3-D printer access (school DIF) and filament, YouTube “How To” Tutorial for TinkerCad, Instructions for exporting file for printing, lesson PearDeck, mini-lesson on symbolism/theme, drawing paper, CommonLit for post-lesson assessment
    TagsSymbol; Theme; 3D Print; TinkerCad Projects; Visual Representation,

    Project Outline 

    AskHow can we visually represent an abstract concept?
    ImagineResearch visual representations of abstract concepts. Explore TinkerCad gallery. Visit museum links to explore how artists represent ideas.
    PlanDetermine major symbol/theme of the assigned text. Brainstorm about different ways to represent that symbol/theme visually. View youtube tutorial on using TinkerCad. Draw out 3 prototypes. Determine the best prototype.
    CreateCreate 3-D symbol/theme representation in TinkerCad
    ImproveExplore gallery of student work. Reflect on your own symbol and improve by synthesizing elements from other projects.
    Closure / Student ReflectionsReceive 3-D symbols. Write a brief reflection of the engineer design process; include any suggestions for improvement of the lesson.
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsStudents can choose to represent a character or a cultural idea.

    Evaluation (Pre/Post)  

    Insert Links to Google Forms

     

    Pretest Link: https://forms.gle/sQzXfkmFaaQL5wiU8

     

    Post-test Link: https://forms.gle/RYaojfLbvA1PqDcd8; additional passages available at CommonLit.org: https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts?sort_by=recent&lexile_min=&lexile_max=&level%5B%5D=11th-12th+grade&device%5B%5D=symbolism&language%5B%5D=english 

     

    Credits or Modified From

    Youtube Tutorial: sottilescience

     

     

    Additional Resources / Help for teaching this lesson

    Supports for teaching symbolism:

    TED Ed: https://ed.ted.com/on/eetfzkFD

     

    Possible museum links for research:

    Smithsonian Institute: https://www.si.edu/

    NC Museum of Art: https://ncartmuseum.org/

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art: https://www.metmuseum.org/

     

     

     

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