Historical Fiction through Digital Storytelling

As part of our last unit, Where We Are in Place and Time, students were required to write a piece of historical fiction based on their research. We then worked with Keynote to create digital stories in the form of podcasts. Below you will find our Grade 5Awesome digital stories.

The Grade 5s have their own Youtube channel, where you can see our class digital stories in addition to those of other classes:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Grade5CDNIS#p/u

Letter Writing — Offering constructive feedback

Use the second page below to assist you with your letter to your “digital story buddy.” Remember, you are offering constructive feedback to your partner.

  • What worked well with the digital story?
  • What did you really like?
  • What could be improved?
  • How would you do it differently?
  • Was it effective in presenting its message?
  • Could you easily follow the organizational features such as the orientation (where, when, atmosphere), complication (problem),  series of events (leading to a climax), and resolution (an addressing of the complication)?

Digital Storytelling – Resources

What follows is a variety of resources that you can or should use for transforming your historical fiction into a digital story

Free Play Music (sound)

Creative Commons (images)

What are digital stories? Check out some samples from these sites:

Digital Storytelling Site

Kandinsky and using geometric principles to express the world through art

Our current Central Idea in math is: “We can use the language of geometry to describe the world around us.” We are exploring the concepts form, connection and perspective. We are exploring the work of Wassily Kandinsky to help us both understand and express these concepts.