Saturday, July 18, 2015

Naming Tone Visually in Number the Stars & Sharing Work through VoiceThread & Flipsnack

In the grade 5 e-book I am completing, one of the invitational tasks students might opt to compose after reading Number the Stars is as follows: 

Using page 75 (Chapter 9). (Reilly, 2015)
  1. Invite student to skim Number the Stars for passages that display obvious tones. Have students identify the tone, and then  identify words (explicit details) on the page that could be used to create the tone. 
  2. Have students select one page from the text to work with.  This page should be photocopied. 
  3. Students should circle the words that suggest tone and then use art (markers, paint, charcoal, gesso) to edit out all the other words on the page, creating a new composition that matches the tone of the text selected. 
  4. Students can then write an explanation of their work (if needed) and further examine the topic of tone.
  5. An example of a finished work is published here. I took the text from Lois Lowry's Number the Stars, Chapter 9, page 75.
  6. After students (who had an interest in this project) complete their work, they might organize their images (perhaps chronologically by page number or perhaps by tone) and publish their images using Voicethread and/or Flipsnack.  This would allow for a larger audience to view the work and offer commentary.

Work Cited
Lowry, Lois. (1989). Number the Stars. New York: HMH Books.

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