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Tell and Show: Writing With Words and Video

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Tell and Show: Writing With Words and Video


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Students will enhance their multimedia literacy and expand their understanding of text in this hands-on unit. First, students watch and study digital videos and their transcripts to explore the differences between written and spoken text. As they think critically about the videos, students will discover how text and images can work together to convey information. Once students are comfortable with the ways in which images and words can support and enhance each other, they will apply what they've learned by writing essays and turning those essays into captions for a teacher-created video. At the end of the unit, students will have a documentary film that they have written and designed.

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English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
22 ) Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. [W.6.2]

a. Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison or contrast, and cause and effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. [W.6.2a]

b. Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. [W.6.2b]

c. Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. [W.6.2c]

d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. [W.6.2d]

e. Establish and maintain a formal style. [W.6.2e]

f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the information or explanation presented. [W.6.2f]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.6.22 - Compose informative or explanatory texts by stating a topic, providing facts or details, and providing an appropriate conclusion related to the topic.
ELA.AAS.6.22a - Introduce a topic.
ELA.AAS.6.22b - Develop a topic with facts, details, or other information and examples.
ELA.AAS.6.22f - Provide a concluding statement.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
24 ) Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 21-23 above.) [W.6.4]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
25 ) With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of the first three Language standards in Grades K-6.) [W.6.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
30 ) Write routinely over extended time frames, including time for research, reflection, and revision, and shorter time frames such as a single sitting or a day or two for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. [W.6.10]

Tags: audio, Comparison and Contrast Guide, essay documentary film, images, multimedia literacy, text, Venn Diagram, videos, writing
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Author: Cassie Raulston