Project Presentations

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SWBAT summarize a text, analyze for theme, and make an inferential, text-supported point by presenting their novel projects.

Big Idea

Show time! Students share their theme projects.

Do Now: Prepare for Feedback

5 minutes

It's the day we've been working toward all unit--project presentations. As usual when sharing summative work, I ask students to give each other positive feedback so they can have immediate affirmation for their work. To help prepare for this, the Do Now today asks students to gather 12 paper scraps and label each with a different group, which I have listed on the board. I remind students that today's comments are positive only--the time for constructive criticism is past for them. Today is about celebration of their accomplishments. I will provide constructive criticism in my feedback, which they will receive the following day.

Project Presentations

40 minutes

Students present their videos to the class, accompanied by plenty of giggles and "don't mind the [bloopers/shaking camera/background wind/etc.]" comments. After each video, we pause to write and give comments.

Of course, some videos are better than others. Some groups did not meet all the requirements, focusing instead on cool visual effects on their videos. While the class appreciates these, I do hear whispers of, "I didn't see theme, did you?" Students offer positive feedback on the quality of the videos, which is okay since I'll be assessing the targets anyway.

This video is a typical example of the summary portion. While this group highlighted several key scenes using engaging costuming and action, they missed many key events from the mid-section of their novel. They also neglected to include the identifying information of their novel at the start of their summary. Because of  this, I marked them at a 2 (nearing, but not at, proficiency) for the summary standard.

Some groups only submitted videos like this, though this group submitted a separate video with analysis of their novel (unable to be featured here due to cameo appearances by little siblings). Their analysis approach was a round-table discussion of the novel, which worked well for digging into the text.