Lights, camera, action!

Joi Chimera’s question for you is not, “Will you get your students involved?”, but “WHEN will you get your students involved?”
Are you looking for a way to help your students become more socially conscious while incorporating the Common Core Learning Standards? The Kenmore TA member suggests the “Speak Truth to Power” video contest.
The contest is for teachers of students in grades 6-12. The deadline for submitting a video is January 31, 2012.
Here are some connections that Chimera found for a new after-school club open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders interested in learning about human rights defenders to work on.
The CCLS states states: “Teachers are free to provide students with whatever tools and knowledge their professional judgment and experience identify as most helpful for meeting the goals set out in the Standards.”  In producing a video students will specifically need to address:
Standards for Writing:

  • Text Types and Purposes

2.    Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Production and Distribution of Writing
4.     Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
6.     Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

  • Research to Build and Present Knowledge

7.     Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Standards for Speaking and Listening

  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

4.     Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5.     Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
6.     Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Chimera recalled that when she was ‘unpacking’ the standards from a recent Staff Development Day, she kept thinking what a wonderful opportunity it is for those students who will be involved.  In this day and age of so much focus on testing and choosing the correct answer out of four options, the video will allows students to bring forth their creativity and showcase their talents.
If you have more questions email to reach Joi.


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