Detailed Lesson Plan Preparation

Elementary Education

Name: Alex Macchi Title: No More Book Reports!

Grade: 4th Concept/Topic: Analysis of a character in a book through Digital Storytelling Time Needed: 4 weeks  Note: A detailed lesson plan is specific enough for another teacher to read and teach effectively. There should not be any question regarding what to do or how to do it.

Backward Design Approach: Where are you going with your students?
Identify Desired Results/Learning Outcome/Essential Question: Results/skills obtained: • • • • • Critical thinking, increasing vocabulary, chronological thinking, logical progression, organization, summarizing Research skills (information literacy/digital literacy/citing sources), prioritizing/filtering/analysis Technology skills, video editing skills, technical skills, initiative/creativity, flexibility, revise, persistence Revision, collaboration, listening Publishing

Learning outcomes: • Student participation and engagement. • • Discussion that yields insightful comparisons between digital and traditional storytelling. Understandings that media can help make stories far more than just text.

Essential Questions: • • • • • • How is storytelling different from a report? What are the elements of a good story? How can storytelling be used in traditional and non-traditional content areas? What kind of digital stories can students create to demonstrate learning? How does digital storytelling connect to literacy? How can digital storytelling improve student-writing skills?


Meeting the student where they are:
Prior Knowledge/Connections: Students need to have read their assigned book before starting the Digital Storytelling process. I should also know how well my students are able to use iMovie and the different parts, including voice threads and inserting pictures. Background knowledge of Digital Citizenship and proper use of images and videos is important. Lesson Introduction/Hook: I plan to introduce the lesson with my own Digital Story on the history of Thanksgiving to give my students an example of what a Digital Story looks like and its components. If necessary I will have a lesson instructing students on how to use iMovie.

Heart of the Lesson/Learning Plan
Differentiation/Same-ation: Following the introduction lessons I will have students do some research on Digital Storytelling ad what it entails. We will have to go over the concept that Digital Stories are not book reports, power points, or straight facts. Digital Stories are created through a character that has a personal story told in first or third person. The student is creating a story for the character they create to analyze the character and the book. There needs to be a lesson comparing book reports and Digital Stories. Lesson Development: The first major part of the Digital Story will be planning out the story. Have students create a storyboard using: or use your own storyboard technique. After the students plan out their story, have them “pitch” the idea to their peers and have them come up with ideas for sounds, media, pictures, videos, etc. Once the planning is done, have students work on finding or drawing the pictures they need, or finding or filming video clips they need. Then have them upload the images/videos and start inputting sound and voice threads. Once that is complete have them be creative with how the images move in and out of the screen, etc. Specific Questioning: • • • • • • How has your character changed and developed from the beginning to the end of the book? Was the character a protagonist or antagonist? How can you prove that? What did your character do in the book? What was the character’s personality? How old was the character? What was the setting?

New Vocabulary: • • • • • • • Digital Storytelling Storyboard Peer editing “Pitching” an idea Critical thinking Revision Production and post-production

Concluding the Lesson/Closure/Debriefing: After the stories have been completed, have the students share them on a class YouTube page and present their stories to the class. The stories should be 2-3 minutes long. Also have students answer an online forum that asks what was good about the Digital Story being presented as well as what could be fixed or changed to make the story even better. Materials/Resources: • • • • • • Laptops or iPads iMovie Possibly paper storyboards if website is not used If iPads are unavailable, cameras and/or video cameras may be needed Paper, crayons, colored pencils, markers for students who choose to draw their pictures Projector or Smartboard to present the stories

Teaching Behavior Focus: • • Enhance communication skills through asking questions, expressing opinions, constructing narratives, and writing for an audience. Develop and strengthen computer skills using software that combines text, still images, audio, video, and other media Follow-Up Activities/Parent Involvement: Invite parents to watch the stories on the class YouTube account or even pick three stories that stand out and show them at an Open House or a parent night.

Descriptor Content and Creativity

1 Content is somewhat confusing and does not answer the questions.

2 Content is interesting, answers some of the questions. Media is present in multiple forms (i.e. audio, video, images, etc.)

3 Content is thorough and engaging. Story clearly answers all questions. Media enhances the overall story, information, and student understanding, and present in multiple forms (i.e. audio, video, images, etc.)

Media (video, images, audio, etc.)

Media distracts from the content/story


There are no credits or credits contain no citation information

Information is not fully credited

Information is credited – images, audio, etc.


Copyrighted images are used inappropriately

Creative Commons images are used, or copyrighted images are used appropriately

Duration of Digital Story Audio Quality

Dramatically over/under time

Over or under time by less than 1 minute

2-3 minutes long

There is no audio voice over or music

The audio is difficult to hear or distracting from the content

Audio enhances the message and “feeling” of the story The story is uploaded to YouTube.

Digital Story Published References:

The story is not published.

Minor problems with accessing the upload.

Brown-Parker, K. (n.d.). Digiliterate librarian. Retrieved from Bethany Smith’s Moodle Site (specifically the Rubric)

SEDL. (2013). Afterschool lesson plan. Retrieved from