1.)Have students reflect on the question "What was Right about the Wrights?". Create a class KWL chart on the board to determine the student's prior knowledge.
2.)Read To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers by Wendie C. Old to the class. If students have been taught note taking skills the teacher may wish to require notes to be taken during the reading.
3.)Depending on age of students and availability use Kidspiration
software package (or other graphing planners like Think Tank
) to create a web about the Wright brothers and the important events of their lives. If graphic planning software is not available, complete a basic concept map (see attached link for example).
)This link will give you a template of a basic concept map.
4.)Have students identify missing links on the concept web. Students will search for the missing information using the Internet. The teacher may want to bookmark the sites listed in the attachment entitled "Helpful Sites". An additional and optional resource for this step is TrackStar (see link below). This URL contains a guided research tour, TrackStar #160409, that visits various Wright Brothers sites.
)Great tool for making or viewing guided research investigations of the Internet!
5.)Students will summarize the information they have gathered onto the attached research guide "Searching for the Wright Stuff".
6.)Students will compile information gathered in step 5 into an electronic portfolio format. Students will use presentation software to create a pictorial timeline of the events surrounding the invention of the airplane.
7.)Students will share their individual timelines with the class.
8.)Divide students into cooperative groups consisting of 3-5 students. Assign each group a portion of the Wright brothers' timeline. Each group will create a 3-5 minute documentary play utilizing all of the members of the group. Each group will submit a script for the presentation that includes characters, setting, dialogue, costumes and props. (If this is the students' first experience with a video project the site below offers helpful information for beginners.)
)Great site to help teachers and students script, make, edit and present "kid created" videos.
9.)Students will present their portions of the timeline play as one continuous biography of the Wright brothers and their quest to achieve manned flight. During this presentation, students will video the presentation of another group.
10.)Students will view and edit their own presentations. Each small group presentation will then be edited and placed on one continuous videotape for presentation to a larger audience.
11.)The full class will view the combined class production of the play. Each member of the class will evaluate this combined version. Any needed changes, deletions, and/or improvements should be made and saved.
12.)Students will present the final production of the play to the student body or smaller groups of students around the school.