Explore Syntax with Adobe Spark Video

Students develop a deep understanding of syntax by creating an Adobe Spark Video
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About This Strategy

This 1.5-hour strategy helps students develop a deep understanding of noun phrases, adverbial phrases, and adjectival phrases and independent, dependent, and relative clauses. Students learn about these concepts and practice their knowledge with Khan Academy and then create a presentation of their understanding in Adobe Spark Video. You can adapt this strategy for any concept related to language or grammar, and it can be adapted for use with other Adobe products. 

Because Adobe Spark Video enables students to create professional-looking videos, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate knowledge of grammar in a deep and meaningful way and use both text, images, and verbal descriptions to demonstrate their learning.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Spark Video

  • Adobe Premiere Rush

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

90 minutes

Learn.

Students watch videos and apply their knowledge of noun phrases, adverbial phrases, and adjectival phrases and independent, dependent, and relative clauses in practice questions using Khan Academy. (30 minutes)

Synthesize. 

Students synthesize their knowledge about phrases and clauses by responding to four prompts. (10 minutes)

Create.

Students use Adobe Spark Video to create a presentation that demonstrates their knowledge of phrase types and independent, dependent, and relative clauses. Students can use these steps to guide them, examine this sample here, and watch this tutorial. (40 minutes)

Share.

Students share and publish their Adobe Spark Video. (10 minutes)

Steps for Students

You will learn about noun, adverbial, and adjectival phrases and independent, dependent, and relative clauses. You will create a presentation of what you learned in an Adobe Spark Video.

Because Adobe Spark Video is fun and easy, it helps make professional-looking multimedia presentations.

Steps:

  1. Watch these Khan Academy videos and apply your knowledge of phrase types and independent, dependent, and relative clauses in practice questions. (30 minutes)
  2. Use your knowledge of phrases and clauses to respond to the following prompts: (10 minutes)

    • In your own words, what is a phrase? What is an example of a noun phrase, adverbial phrase, and adjectival phrase? 

    • In your own words, what is an independent clause? What is an example of an independent clause? 

    • In your own words, what is a dependent clause? What is an example of a dependent clause? 

    • In your own words, what is a relative clause? What is an example of a relative clause?

  3. Open Adobe Spark Video to create a presentation about phrase types and clauses, drawing from your work in Step 2. Your instructor may provide a topic for you to write example sentences about, such as the Civil Rights Movement or climate change. Check out this student sample for inspiration. Consider checking out some guidance on how to use Spark Post. If you would like to use Adobe Rush instead, watch this tutorial to get started. (40 minutes)

    • In the presentation, include:

      • A student-friendly definition and example of a noun phrase, adverbial phrase, adjectival phrase, independent clause, dependent clause, and relative clause. 

      • Make it look nice and easy to read. Hint: choose a Spark template to guide you

    • To make your video:

      • First, use your responses from Step 2 to add text to your slides. 

      • Then, add photos or images to your video. 

      • Then, record your voice-over. In your voice over, you should read the text, name the kind of phrase or clause, and explain what makes it that kind of phrase or clause. 

      • When you are done, click “preview” to see your video. Make any corrections or changes. 

      • Click “Share” when you are done.

    • Consult the rubric below so you know how your final product will be assessed.

  4. Share your Adobe Spark Video as directed by your instructor. (10 minutes)

Rubric for Successful Analysis

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