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Creative and Language Arts Projects

WHAT'S HERE:

  1001 Flat World Tales
  Chain Stories 
  Digital Storytelling
  Kindred (Family History) Project
  Laws of Life
  Learning Circles
  A Vision

  1001 FLAT WORLD TALES


1001 Flat World Tales uses the story telling format of 1001 Nights to tell a new story, a story of our world. The format of 1001 Nights is unique, with thousands of different stories embedded within the one main story. The hope is that student stories will become "never ending tales," with links to different individual stories embedded within one overarching story. The story starts here! This project takes the traditional language arts "writing workshop" into the 21st century by replacing pencil and paper writing with a wiki; by expanding the options for peer response and peer editing beyond the walls of the classroom; and by replacing the "authentic" publishing of the 20th century classroom with authentic publishing in the 1001 Flat World Tales "blook": a potentially endless series of stories from students around the world, interlinked on individual student blogs. Since the project is web-hosted, it is open 24/7/365—all year long. As long as two classrooms from around the world want to collaborate, then "Flat World" collaboration is always possible. Add the name and time-frame, and another classroom will likely have the same timeframe in mind. Then classrooms connect via the wiki. After registering for the project using the Google Form, all participating schools will be listed on the wiki. Teachers of the same grade level and writing style join together to form small cohorts to help make the peer review process more manageable. For more information, read the FAQ on the elementary page.

  • Age Level: 5-10 and 11-18
  • Curricular Areas: Language arts and creative writing
  • Types of Technology: Wikis, word processing, instant messaging, email, Skype, video conferencing
  • Timeline: Ongoing
  • Webpage: http://es1001tales2010.wikispaces.com for elementary school, and http://ms1001tales2009.wikispaces.com for previous years’ middle and high school projects and to register for the 2010-11 year.
  • Contact: Kim Cofino, elementary school, mscofino@gmail.com or Jeff Whipple, middle and high school, jeff.whipple@nbed.nb.ca
  • Supporting Organization: None
  • Language(s) of Communication: English, though others will be supported if there are enough contributing classes!

 

  CHAIN STORIES


Students from Europe and Asia write and illustrate collaborative stories. Chapters become like rings of chains built by different hands. Sets of ideas come from different places. These are stories from the global world. This project is a part of the Asia-Europe Classroom Network.

 

  DIGITAL STORYTELLING


Students will learn about the age-old practice of storytelling and use 21st century tools to create their own digital story.  Students will explore digital storytelling as a way to tell a story, promote cross-cultural understanding, and build meaningful connections with others.  Students will participate in an email exchange to discuss the process.  They will: 1) develop a story topic; 2) write their story; 3) create or find appropriate images to support their story; and 4) share their story and reflect on their work.

  • Age Level: 12-17
  • Curriculum Areas: Language arts and creative writing
  • Types of Technology: email, word processing, web publishing, online web forums, instant messaging, video conferencing, and 3D animation
  • Timeline: Ongoing
  • Webpage: http://www.epals.com/projects/info.aspx?DivID=Digital_overview
  • Contact: Join via the forum – Connect with Classrooms
  • Supporting Organization: ePals
  • Language(s) of communication: English, and some projects are in other languages like French.

 

  KINDRED (FAMILY HISTORY) PROJECT


Kindred bookStudents research events in their family membes lives or in their local communities to find the impact of world or local history. They are asked to interview members of their immediate familes (mother, father, brothers, sisters), extended families (grandparents, uncles, aunts), neighbors or friends in the local community. Students should ask about life experiences that have been affected by the events of world or local history. Events may include war, natural disasters, migration, important discoveries, monuments, famous places and so on. Students should focus on family impact. There have been four editions of the Kindred book published. The next production date is not predetermined but is dependent on the number and variety of submissions. Each story that is submitted is eligible for publication in the next edition of the book, and each student whose story is published receives a complimentary copy of the book. The Kindred Project was recognized as a "Commended Project" by the Cable & Wireless Childnet International Awards for 2000.

  • Age Level: K-12
  • Curricular Areas: Integrated studies, English, history, social studies, and language arts
  • Types of Technology: Email, newsgroups, websites, word processing, digital imaging
  • Timeline: Ongoing
  • Webpage: http://media.ieartn.org/projects/kindred for information; read archives at http://www.iearn.org.au/kindred
  • Contact: Judy Barr, judybarr@iearn.org.au
  • Sponsoring Organization: iEARN
  • Language(s) of communication: English; requests for other languages will be considered.

 

  LAWS OF LIFE


Laws of LifeAn essay project in which students write about their personal values in life. The Laws of Life Project invites young people to express in their own words what they value most in life. Participants submit essays about their laws of life in which they describe the rules, ideals, and principles by which they live and explain the sources of their laws of life (reading, life experience, religion, culture, role models, etc.). Participants respond to each other's essays and interact with each other electronically. They also report on any dialogue or events that occur in their learning communities as they participate in the Laws of Life Project and are encouraged to use what they learned about values to initiate change within the community through action projects. A teacher's guide is also available in the project languages from iEARN.

Possible project/classroom activities: writing essays about one's laws of life; providing respectful yet open feedback on another participant's essay; responding to feedback that one's essay generates reporting on any discussions that arise in one's classroom or group from writing Laws of Life essays.

  • Age Level: 9-18
  • Types of Technology: Email, newsgroups, and web forums
  • Curricular Areas: Values education, language arts, and citizenship
  • Timeline: October-May
  • Webpage: http://media.iearn.org/projects/lawsoflife
  • Contact: lawsoflife@us.iearn.org
  • Supporting Organization: iEARN-USA
  • Language(s) of communication: Open to all languages. Support materials exist in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Russian, and Spanish.

 

  LEARNING CIRCLES


Learning CirclesLearning Circles are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world. Each session is 14 weeks. To join a Learning Circle, you must be a member of iEARN and complete a Learning Circle placement form two weeks before the beginning of the session. Learning Circle classrooms are grouped by general themes. Three are listed in the Language Arts section, while another, Places and Perspectives, can be found in the Social Studies section of the guide.

Computer Chronicles - This theme promotes writing across the curriculum. Interaction online revolves around producing a newspaper called The Computer Chronicles. Each class has the opportunity to sponsor one or more sections of the newspaper as their Learning Circle project. They solicit articles from their partner classes and edit them to create one section of the newspaper. This section is combined with the other sections sponsored by Circles partners to form the completed newspaper, the Circle publication.

MindWorks - MindWorks is a writing theme designed to enhance creative and expository writing as well as develop different forms of self-expression. The goal is to help students learn how to communicate their thoughts and feelings in writing, then share and compare them with other students from distant places. The Circle publication for MindWorks is a literary magazine that might be called Creative Minds, MindWorks or a name selected by the group. The sponsored projects could be a specific form of writing such as: personal narratives, place poetry, city dialogues, school fables, local myths or personifications of local products. Alternatively, students can select a topic to sponsor and request different forms of expression on subjects like the family, jobs, schools, or cities.

My Hero -- The mission of My Hero is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity and to empower young people to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world. The freely accessible, not-for-profit project is supported by visitors of all ages who share stories, art, and short films on our award-winning multimedia journal and digital library. Students contribute writing, video, art, and more in telling their stories about their hero. A guide for educators is included, including lesson plans and an organizer.

 

  A VISION


A VisionAn anthology of students' writings in various literary genres- essays, stories, poems, and poetical sketches- which aims to showcase the youths' thoughts, viewpoints and insights into the things around them and across borders, regardless of cultural and racial diversity.