A Thousand Times Yes, 5 Creative Literature Projects for High School Students

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Published on February 16, 2014

Author: jcrehak

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This Presentation includes an explanation of student created Twitterature (Rewriting classic novels by tweeting them), student created Google Docs for school systemwide bell ringing activities, student created Graphic Novels using Pixton, student created audiobooks through Audacity, and finally, student created crowd-sourced novels. (An Example from 30 Days to Empathy, the World's First Crowd-Sourced High School Novel ever published is included. Links to viewer participation in future crowd-sourced novels are also provided in this thorough PowerPoint Presentation by 2014 CPS Tech Innovator of the Year, Jay C. Rehak.

Y E OU NGAGING Jay C. Rehak S TUDENTS Twitter @jaycr1 By

Learn to Say…. Every time a teacher can YES legitimately say to a student, the teacher is…  Empowering the student to learn by doing  Allowing students ownership of the assignment.  Validating the students’ desire to learn

Why Engage Students in Technology?  Functional tech literacy required for most jobs in the future  Critical thinking skills developed  Students made comfortable with rapid technological advances  Teacher educated through students

st 21 The Key to Century Success is…

The Value of Collaboration Students do more and the teacher does less.

Five Examples of Integrating Technology into the Curriculum  Students read a novel and create a book of “Twitterature” using Twitter accounts  Students read a novel and then use PIXTON to create to create a graphic novel  Students generate Google Doc Spreadsheet to create a meaningful daily “Bell ringer”  Students use Audacity or Garageband to record a famous short story, essay, or poem, making it available to classmates  Students create publishable collaborative literature (short story collections, essays, grammar books, novels)

Create “Twitterature” Have students work in groups to recreate a novel or play using “Twitterature.” “Twitterature” is having students write 140 character dialog and descriptions as a way of retelling a famous work of literature.

Example Twitterature Christina, Nitzah, Elijah American Lit Period 4  Scarlet Letter Tweets  @hestaprynne: ugh, this prison is so drab!  @hestaprynne: Thank the Lord for the rose bush outside #pretty  @hestaprynne: these ppl gotta stop starin’ at me and my baby #nosy  @womaninthecrowd#1: You disgust me! #gross

Scarlet Letter Twitterature Continued  @hestaprynne: these adults gotta teach their kids some manners  @hestaprynne: ugh.why'd I marry a misshapen scholar many years my senior  @hestaprynne: can't believe what's about to happen.  @rogerjustchillin: I'm heeerreee

Use Free Cartoon Websites to Retell Stories - Create a Graphic Novel The value of retelling a story (novel) through the creation of comics:  Students must read literature to reinterpret  Visual learners team with verbal learners  Students more aware/comfortable with tech

Use Pixton to Create Graphic Novels (Black Boy

Black Boy as a Graphic Novel

“Wordle” Break  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DuDLw0Zftc Okay Valentine.

Student Created Google Calendars  Students create Google Calendar used by the following year’s students  Students “credited” with site, and quoted by peers  Calendar a “bell ringing” exercise engages students in writing daily journal  Calendar can be shared with other classes or schools  Assignment creates “legacy” students take pride in

Google Calendar Bell-Ringers

Create Audio Archives  Have students record a short story, poem, or famous speech. This gives students the opportunity to “star” in the classroom without the pressure of “live performance.” Share the files with students, or make it a homework assignment to listen to a short story, poem or famous speech read aloud by a peer.

Write Crowd-Sourced Novels

Someone Else’s Shoes Our latest crowd-sourced novels have six first draft versions

Coming Soon!

BTW: CORE CURRICULUM is COVERED Listening Speaking Reading Writing Reviewing

Other Ideas…

Student Movies  An Okay Valentine  Waitin' For the Train Google Doc of Songs Use Google Docs to organize the songs; have students input the data 2013- 2014 Music Award Ballot Students vote on their favorite videos

Students’ Favorite Websites

You know what to reach for….

Any Questions?

Thanks for listening  If you want to reach me: Jaycrehak@gmail.com or jcrehak@cps.edu  Follow me on Twitter @jaycr1 or @WYTV4u or @ Official30days  Watch WYTV at wyoung.org  Scan this barcode for my website.

Recommended Websites  http://www.Pixton.com http://www.Createspace.com  http://www.twitter.com http://www.audacity.com  http://www.wordle.net  http://30daystoempathy.blogspot.com  http://someoneelsesshoesnovel.blogspot.com  http://www.dropbox.com And of course, make sure you have a Gmail account and start using Google’s tools for educators.

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