This lesson is aligned to Common Core standards:
CCRA.W.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
CCRA.SL.5: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
This Common Core Standards sixth grade ELA literacy lesson is designed to enable students to share their own personal stories—stories that can be about anything at all, and that can be written in the manner of the teacher and/or author’s choosing.
Shadow Puppet can be used for presentations for a single project or can be included as part of the writing process on any significant writing that your students do. With Shadow Puppet, students can use images to support narrative building and breathe life into their stories.
Now, I know that many of us won’t have access to many iPads (or any at all) for this Common Core Standards sixth grade ELA literacy lesson. However, Ms. Burns makes a great point about the availability of devices for the use of Shadow Puppet:
Shadow Puppet is a great option for teachers with access to only a few iPads. Elementary school students can work in stations to create their recording, or middle schoolers can sign out an iPad during a free period. This technology tool could be one of a few different publishing options you offer students to differentiate the task based on interest.
Try out Shadow Puppet and let me know how your experience goes! I’m excited to hear back on this.