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Tell us a story

posted Aug 31, 2016, 3:40 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 9:06 AM ]

Storytelling has existed since humans have been able to think.  And throughout time it has been shown that it’s a huge advantage to be a good, if not GREAT, storyteller.  Now it’s time for YOU to tell a story, and you have a lot of creative flexibility in doing so.  YOU choose the topic, the technology, the expression.  Yes, there is some required information, some required skills, but YOU get to craft how your story is told.  And if you really like your story, maybe you could be recognized for it through something like  Adobe Youth Voices contest or High School “EMMY” awards, YouTube, or maybe just tell it, share it, because it’s great and worth hearing.

What is required:

Technology - You are making a movie! Some are saying, "But I'm in Engineering or Programming!" No matter what profession, video is an amazing tool to tell a story. ExxonMobil has a lot of commercials about STEM and Engineering, don't they? You have a LOT of choice in what type of video: traditional, stop-action, cartoon, music, etc. How do YOU want to tell YOUR story? This project will also measure your team communication skill, and use the SCRUM method to share responsibilities. If you don't deliver, you might be on your own.

Language Arts - Your task is to create a narrative story that teaches one science concept/AKS in a creative and interesting way.  Your story must include all the elements of an effective short story: plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), characters, conflict (internal and external), and theme.

Make sure you consider your audience when you are picking your medium.

Science - We are primarily focusing on how to work as a team in a more in-depth and lengthy project, so the Science will be light on this one.


Here are the expectations and dates for this project:

  • 8/26/16 - Kick this thing off! Make teams, learn about the topic, sign contracts.

  • 8/31/16 - Refine contracts, learn about the SCRUM method, review PIXAR tips for story ideas, learn about brainstorming, form a plan.

  • 9/2/16 - Team should have a storyboard AND a script today. Every CDAT kid should have it posted on their own portfolio site for grading. Make a new portfolio page called "Project 1"   Here's a link to our Storyboard template, and here's a link to an example of a script. I suggest opening the Storyboard and make a copy (choose File > make a copy from the menu), then share it with all teammates.

  • 9/6/16 - We might not have been clear as to how to connect the Storyboard to your portfolio, we will show that in Tech classes. Today we expect Academy time teams to produce a full script and storyboard. Tech teachers will check the Storyboard in class, and you will be asked to present your story summary and show your script at the end of Academy time. Evaluate your story/script using the 9th Narrative Checklist, and then we will score you using the 9th Narrative Rubric (see the linked at the bottom of this page)

  • We will add more detail as we go.

  • A lot of people like Adobe Spark for a movie making/editing tool -

  • Great movie example:

  • Another great movie example:

  • 9/23/16 - FINAL PROJECT DUE

Michael Reilly,
Sep 6, 2016, 2:07 PM
Michael Reilly,
Sep 6, 2016, 2:07 PM