There’s More Than One Way to Publish Student’s Writing
One of the things I’m learning this year is that publishing is more than just writing a perfect copy of your revised and edited draft. It’s just November and my students already have several written published pieces as well as digitally published pieces, recordings and now we have videos.
We chose 4 pieces of writing to tape in the style of the In Plain English video series. I showed one of these videos to my students so they would have a visual of what I wanted them to do. With the help of my husband, the Technology Director, we decided what pictures students needed to draw that would best illustrate the story. We outlined the pictures in black and cut them out.
Once we had our pictures, it was time for rehearsal. We positioned ourselves around the table and rehearsed moving the pictures in and out of the shot of the video camera. It took a total of about 45 minutes of rehearsal over two days for the students to get the timing down. Once we were ready, Mr. Wilson came in to record and then worked his magic in Movie Maker on the project.
Click here to see our finished product.
The students loved this project so much that I think we’ll keep creating them.