ALEX Learning Activity

  

Breaking News: The Plot Unfolds

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Monique Chatman
System:Talladega County
School:Talladega County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2357
Title:
Breaking News: The Plot Unfolds
Digital Tool/Resource:
CNN Student News
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

This authentic learning activity gives students the opportunity to become a news anchor or journalist. Students will choose any significant scene from a story/drama and present the plot/scene as a breaking news story. This activity can be used as an after activity after reading a drama, short story, or novel. It will also work great with major events in history or discoveries in science. Students will use a graphic organizer to guide them as they create their breaking news story. Students can have voice and choice and may use any medium (newspaper article, a radio announcement, or news report) to share the details and analysis of characters.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
3 ) Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. [RL.6.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.6.3- Identify the plot of a story including exposition, conflicts, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; describe how the dynamic character changes throughout a story (beginning, middle, and end).


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
3 ) Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot). [RL.7.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.7.3- Identify the plot of a story including exposition, conflicts/rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; describe how the dynamic character changes throughout a story (beginning, middle, and end).


Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
16) Construct content designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.

Examples: Design a multi-media children's e-book with an appropriate readability level.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • construct content designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to select and design an appropriate medium to display designed content.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • select the best medium for the content design.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • while many mediums exist, it is best to select the one most appropriate to your intended audience.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
17) Publish content to be available for external feedback.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • publish content to be available for external feedback.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • that feedback is important to refine a product.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • appropriately publish content.
  • seek feedback on a product.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • feedback can be used to refine a product.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
16) Present content designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.

Example: Create and share a help video for a senior's center that provides tips for online safety.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • create and share a presentation designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • of the many mediums available to share content, some are more appropriate than others in given circumstances.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • design and present content designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • understanding your audience is as important as the content you are sharing or presenting.
Learning Objectives:

I can:

  • explain how characters respond or change as the plot moves towards a resolution.

  • select the appropriate multimedia tool to design or produce a news story that gives audiences information about characters, setting, and plot of a story.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:

  1. Divide students into groups of 3-4.

  2. Students will watch a segment from CNN.

  3. Share with students the G.R.A.S.P model and explain the assignment.

  4. Students will choose a Breaking News Story from a list of scenes or major events from the story, drama, or novel read in class. (Remember this can also work with Social Studies and Science content.)

  5. The students will use the Breaking News Story Graphic Organizer to collect and organize their thoughts.

  6. Students may use one of the following tools as their final “Breaking News Story”

Assessment Strategies:

The following rubric may be used as an assessment tool.

To assess the technology goal, one of the following rubrics may be used: 

http://ghsvideo.weebly.com/uploads/2/3/0/8/23083688/broadcast_news_rubric.pdf

https://educate.intel.com/download/K12/elements/pba_html/resources/30_Newscast_Rubric.pdf


Advanced Preparation:

Provide students with a paper or digital copy of the following:

  • G.R.A.S.P MODEL

  • Breaking News Story Graphic Organizer

  • List of scenes and events students may choose to write or create their Breaking News Story. For example, Romeo and Juliet might have the following options available

    • ROMEO ANGRILY KILLS JULIET'S COUSIN, TYBALT (ACT 3 SCENE 1)

    • THE FRIAR SUGGESTS A DANGEROUS SOLUTION

    • JULIET IS FOUND 'DEAD'

    • ROMEO LEARNS OF THE TRAGEDY AND PLANS SUICIDE

The teacher and/or students should be familiar with at least 2-3 of tech tools mentioned in the activity.

Canva-Free graphic design tool used for creating flyers, brochures, cards, etc. Find a template or start from scratch. The final product may be downloaded and/or printed. 

ReadWriteThink (website) -Has several interactive graphic organizers that students may use. For this activity choose the “Printing Press”.

WeVideo- Free online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for stunning playback anywhere.

ScreenCastify-(Google Chrome Extension) Screencastify is a free online video editor that has a ton of awesome features. Students may record their desktop or use a webcam to record themselves. Students could use the Break Your Own News Generator to design the headline and information about the story.

Variation Tips (optional):

If students are overwhelmed by the tech tools, use construction paper or notebook paper for the assignment. Students may also use their phones or other recording devices if Screencastify is not available.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: character, media, multimedia, plot, setting, summary