Narrative Writing about Social Issues with Adobe Spark Page

Students draw upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a stimulus for writing a narrative
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About This Strategy

This 3-hour writing strategy draws upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a stimulus for writing a narrative. Students use an Adobe Acrobat PDF as they work through the writing process, and display their narrative through an Adobe Spark Page. Students develop a point of view, engage in research,  follow the narrative writing process, and embed screen captures of images illustrating their chosen SDG.  This strategy can be used over two lessons or more allowing time to research as homework. Adobe Spark Video may be used as an extension activity.

Because Adobe Spark Page and Acrobat DC enables interaction with both the text and images, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate their understanding of the texts it contains in a logical and meaningful way.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Page
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

180 minutes

Learn. 

Students view a short video and engage in a class discussion on the topic: What does social justice mean to me? (5 minutes)

Learn.

Students explore Sustainable Development Goals by viewing a video. (15 minutes)

Learn and Synthesize.

Students use Adobe Spark Page to discover different points of view and create definitions for key words in the PDF. (15 minutes)

Learn.

Students complete a writing warm up listing sensory words in the PDF. (10 minutes)

Learn.

Students research their SDG and brainstorm storylines. (30 minutes)

Create.

Students complete the story planner in the PDF. (15 minutes)

Create and Evaluate.

Students write their narrative, proofread and edit work for cohesion and dramatic tension. They compose a reflection on their writing experience. (60 minutes)

Create and Share.

Students create their Adobe Spark Page curation of their narrative response to the  SDG and share it with their teacher and class. (30 minutes)

Steps for Students

This 3-hour writing strategy draws upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a stimulus for writing a narrative.  You will use an Adobe Acrobat PDF as you work through the writing process, and will curate your narrative through an Adobe Spark Page. You will develop a point of view, engage in research, follow the narrative writing process, and embed screen captures of images illustrating your chosen SDG. This strategy can be used over two lessons or more allowing time to research as homework. 

Because Adobe Spark Page and Acrobat DC enables interaction with both the text and images, this strategy empowers you to demonstrate your understanding of the texts it contains in a logical and meaningful way.

Steps:

1. View a short video and engage in a class discussion on the topic around the question “What does social justice mean to me?” This might be done in class or virtually. (5 minutes)

2. Explore Sustainable Development Goals by viewing this video. (15 minutes)

3. Use the Adobe Spark Page to discover different points of view (POV) and create definitions for key words in the Narrative Writing about Social Issues: Writers Workbook PDF. (15 minutes)

4. Complete a writing warm up using the images provided and  list a range of  sensory describing words in the Narrative Writing about Social Issues: Writers Workbook PDF. (10 minutes)

5. Research the  sustainable development goal that most interests you using the link provided, and then you will brainstorm storylines in your writer’s workbook. (30 minutes)

6. Write your narrative, proofread and edit work for cohesion and dramatic tension. Write a reflection on their writing experience using the guiding questions in your Narrative Writing about Social Issues: Writers Workbook PDF. (75 minutes)

7. Create an Adobe Spark Page curation of your narrative response to the SDG and share it with your teacher and class. (30 minutes)

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' writing.