The students will need to be in small groups of four to five students for this assignment. Before beginning the story, tell the students which groups they will be in, and that each group will present a retelling of a chapter of the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by using digital cameras, voice overs, and background music to create mood (by way of PhotoStory). Read the first six chapters, so that each group will have a chapter on which to work.
Days 1 and 2: Hand out story board sheets with 9 squares. Each person will need to fill out their own sheet, even though the group will work on the squares together. The group members will have to decide what the most important events of the chapter are, and summarize them in text and pictures in the squares. They will need to use appropriate language and characters from the story. Students will also discuss what props will be needed for each event, as well as settings that will work for each event.
Day 3: Inservice the students on how to use Photostory to upload pictures and put them in sequential order. Have students stage scenes and take photos.
Day 4: Have the students complete their photos and then upload them to Photostory.
Day 5: Inservice students on how to record using Photostory and microphones. Give students time to record their scenes.
Day 6: Inservice students on how to add music to their Photostory scenes. Allow time for students to do so.
Day 7: Have the students present their Photostory adapatations of Tom Sawyer chapters.
Make heterogeneous groups to benefit students on IEPs or are ELD learners.
Use instructional assistants to supervise groups.
Assign chapters to gropus according to length, difficulty, or importance.
As a challenge, have a group make a tenth or eleventh slide for their presentation.