Digital Storytelling Workshop for CNH ELSA 3 students Spring 2011 Session 4: Pre-writing & Writing a First Draft
Warm-up: Discussion Questions What __________ ___________ do last night? ____________ you a Canucks _________ ? _____________ did you __________ ________ breakfast? Have you _______________ your census form in the mail? Do you __________ any ____________ for the weekend? Do you _______ a topic idea for your digital________?
Review What did we do the last time Sara was here?
A good digital story… In small groups, talk about the digital stories we’ve seen. As a group, write down 3 or 4 things that describe a good digital story. …isn’t too long. …has an interesting topic and a clear focus.
…is narrated in a clear, loud voice.
…has interesting pictures that match the story.
...doesn’t have too much unnecessary information.
…often includes the storyteller’s feelings and emotions.
…is from the heart.
When you shared your meaningful item with your classmates on Tuesday, you spoke from the heart!
Mind Map: What’s my story? Think about words that describe who you are. Create a ‘map’ that shows different things about you. buying a house becoming a mom coming to Canada How can I keep my children healthy and happy? Will I find a job soon? Don’t forget to think about your past, present, and future!
Choosing a topic and a focus for your story Use page 3 of your project workbook to help you choose a topic and a focus for your digital story. You can work on the workbook questions with a partner, or you can work by yourself. If you need help, ask a classmate or Sara!
Your Project Workbook Good writers think, plan and organize their ideas before writing. Use your project workbook to: 1 2 3
Brainstorm example: My House buying a house purple door 2003 blueberry and raspberry bushes grandma’s money is it big enough? my 3 kids were born there east Vancouver many weeds & dead plants in the garden cluttered & messy: garden, rooms, toys, dishes family and friends drop by a lot favourite room? I love my house so many things need fixing
Outline example Topic: my house Main point #1: introducing my house & the history of my house
East Vancouver, close to downtown and North Shore mountains
early morning, sitting on the floors, working on my computer
Write your first draft When you write your first draft, don’t worry about the spelling or grammar. Focus on the ideas that you want to include in your story. Find a comfortable place in the classroom to write, relax, and have fun writing!
Questions? I know what I want to write but I don’t know the English words. My head hurts and I feel tired. I don’t feel like writing a first draft! How much should I write? ______________?
On Monday… bring a photo or item that could be used with your story you will finish your first draft and work with classmates to edit your first draft bring a laptop if you have one?