What other projects can students develop to showcase their Life Songs Interview?
This lesson provides alternate activities and options for classrooms interested in the Life Songs Project, but lack the capacity to create video clips. Presented are three alternative capstone options for students, along with associated handouts and rubrics. Teachers may assign one or more of these options to students, students may choose which option to complete from a list (or any combination of of the two).
- Know (knowledge):
- The process of creatively displaying an interview using visual mediums such as album covers, slide shows, or timelines
- Mastery Objective:
- Students will be able to transform the raw footage or notes from their Life Songs interview into a final version by using art supplies or digital editing and/or slideshow creating programs.
Activity A: Personalized “Greatest Hits” Album
- Distribute to students Handout – “Greatest Hits” Album Project. Ask students to fill out the handout using the notes or footage they took while interviewing their adult.
- Using art supplies or digital editing tools, ask students to design the album cover, using Handout – “Greatest Hits” Album Project as a guide.
- Optional: If students will be pursuing another activity, ad a QR code or link on the album cover so it acts as a “gateway” to another project.
Activity B: Slide Deck Presentation
- Distribute to students Handout – Slide Deck Project. Ask students to fill out the handout using the notes or footage they took while interviewing their adult.
- Using art supplies or digital editing tools, ask students to design their slide deck, using Handout – Slide Deck Project as a guide.
Activity C: Timeline Presentation
- Distribute to students Handout – Timeline Project. Ask students to fill out the handout using the notes or footage they took while interviewing their adult.
- Using art supplies or digital editing tools, ask students to design their timeline, using Handout – Timeline Project as a guide.
- Use the the Life Songs Rubric document to evaluate student projects, or provide the appropriate rubric for student self-assessment.
Common Core State Standards
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing
- Text Types and Purposes 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
- Production and Distribution of Writing 5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
- Research to Build and Present Knowledge 7: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
- Comprehension & Collaboration 1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
- Comprehension & Collaboration 2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language
- Language 1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
- Vocabulary Acquisition and Use 6: Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.