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Multimedia Enhanced Student Activity

Six-Word Memoir: Mystery Character

Objective: In a small group (3 to 4 students), each student will write a six-word memoir about a popular fictional character and produce a Google Slides ”Guess the Character” presentation to reveal the mystery character.

Materials: Chromebooks or laptops, Google Slides application, Screencastify program, Google Docs, Google Classroom, *earbuds or headphones equipped with a microphone, Google Drive

INTRO.

The teacher will begin the lesson with a quick review of the characteristics of a six-word memoir. Next, the teacher will ask the students to form a small group of three to four students.

The teacher will ask each group to select a popular fictional character from television or film. The teacher may provide a list of acceptable characters.

Each group will be given three minutes to select a character. The teacher will prompt the class to not share the identity of their group’s character. Using one student Chromebook, the character’s name will be emailed to the teacher.

THROUGH:

At this point, the teacher will ask each group member to write a six-word memoir about their group’s character. The teacher will also remind students that they may write about their character from various perspectives. Such as:

  • The character’s point of view
  • Another character’s view of the character
  • The student’s personal point of view about the character

The class will be given ten minutes to write their six-word memoirs.

Once the class has written their mystery character six-word memoirs, they will be asked to create a shared Google Slides presentation to help reveal their character to the class.

In addition, each group will use Screencastify to record each student reading his or her six-word memoir about their mystery character.

Each Google Slides presentation should contain the following:

  • Each slide on their Google Slides presentation will represent each group member’s six-word memoir about the mystery character.
  • The final slide should display an image of the group’s mystery character.

Upon completion of the Google Slides presentation, each group will be asked to Screencastify a recording of each member’s six-word memoir. The Screencastify recording of the Google Slides presentation should be saved to each student’s Google Drive.

The teacher will create an assignment via Google Classroom for each group to submit their final presentation clip.

Once all presentation clips are submitted, the class will view the clips in an attempt to guess the each group’s mystery character based on the six-word memoirs provided. The teacher will pause each clip prior to the final slide revealing the group’s mystery character.

BEYOND:

Once all presentation clips are presented, the teacher will wrap up the activity with a discussion about how storytelling can be a powerful form of communication, even if only consisting of six-words. Student feedback will be acquired through a Question task in Google Classroom.

Resource Links:

Google Slides tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYpGoN6Pj5c

Screencastify tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YApKqhQS-yA

Google Docs tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBITNezSmLY

Google Classroom basic tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVJHM5V7l2M

1 comment

1 pascuaj16 { 04.11.18 at 6:40 am }

Learning objective: In a small group (3 to 4 students), each student will write a six-word memoir about a popular fictional character and produce a Google Slides ”Guess the Character” presentation to reveal the mystery character.
The audience that this lesson is catered for is for the Grade Seven classroom.

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