(2 – 4 weeks) – These are ten-page curricular units that are designed to immerse student teams in the research, design, development and production of a three to four-minute story about a select curricular topic. Each unit contains the following:
Description of the Creative Challenge
Assumptions and Logistics
Process – Detailed breakdown of all the steps that need to be taken to complete the digital storytelling process
Media Support Resources – Links to Meridian support videos and print-outs.
Evaluation Rubric – This covers Content Mastery, Storytelling Mastery, Media Literacy Mastery and 21 st Century Skills Mastery
Common Core and NGSS Curricular Correlations
Challenges are the soul of Meridian Stories – the signature unit that challenges students to a) deeply explore the select content; b) design narrative around that content (dramatic scene, documentary, game show, PSA, etc. – each Challenge specifies a format); and c) produce a short video or audio piece about the narrative.
We strongly recommend that at the end of this process, the student teams present their work either to the class and/or to assembled parents and friends as a way to showcase their work. The workforce considers Presentational Skills to be a key asset and we encourage you to allow students to practice this skill set as often as possible. These short videos provide a great opportunity for kids to practice their public presentational skills.