This 2-hour strategy helps students answer big questions about their personal history with literacy. While building their Literacy Narrative, students will explore and document experiences, frustrations, and celebrations with reading and writing. This strategy can be used as a class-building introduction to help foster relationships between students and teachers, and can also be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe Premiere Rush for more advanced options.
It is important to note that not all students will have a literacy history to pull from and/or some students may be uncomfortable sharing their history. It is important for teachers to assure students that if they don't feel comfortable completing this assignment, an alternative can be provided.
Because Spark Video enables students to express themselves creatively, create beautiful content, and easily share their work, this strategy empowers students to chronicle their literacy history in a deep and meaningful way as they get to know their classmates and teacher.
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Students reflect on their history with literacy, possibly using a questionnaire similar to this as well as collaborative discussions like a Round Robin Discussion to support their thinking. (45 minutes)
After reviewing the Literacy Narrative rubric, students review the information they've gathered through their questionnaire and peer discussions to determine what information they'll share. (40 minutes)
Students share and publish their Spark video.
You will create an Adobe Spark Video that chronicles your life as a reader and writer. Reflecting on your past experiences with reading and writing will help you to set literacy goals for this year and see how far you've come with reading and writing.
Adobe Spark Video allows you to create engaging presentations to document your literacy history in a meaningful way. This provides you with an opportunity to introduce yourself to your peers and to your teacher. Additionally, viewing classmates' literacy narratives will help you identify connections within the class.
1. Reflect on your history with reading and writing. Begin by answering the questions on this questionnaire. In a method of your instructor's choosing, discuss your responses with a group of peers. Your teacher may choose to have you engage in a Round Robin Discussion. During the discussion, your peers' responses may remind you of pieces of your literacy history that you'd like to make note of to add to your questionnaire information. (45 minutes)
2. With your questionnaire responses in front of you, prioritize the information about your experiences with reading and writing. Consider the following as you organize: (30 minutes)
Do you have any interesting anecdotes that illustrate your responses?
Is there something you've listed that has had a lasting impact on your life?
Do any of your memories of libraries/bookstores/schools include people who are special or important to you?
Which pieces of your literacy history will help your classmates better understand who you are as a person, not just as a reader and writer?
3. After careful consideration of the above questions, make final decisions about the information you will include in your Adobe Spark Video. Make a plan for:
How you will order your information.
What text/background colors, fonts, and images you will use.
At which points of your video viewers should hear your voice, since Adobe Spark Video has recording capabilities.
What type of background music should accompany your literacy narrative.
Be sure to review the rubric as you make decisions, and check your thinking against work product expectations.
4. Create your video in Adobe Spark. Adjust the music, images, and transitions to create a visually appealing video that chronicles your history as a reader and writer. You can examine an example here, follow these steps, and watch a tutorial here.
5. Share your Adobe Spark Video as directed by your instructor.
Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' narratives.