This project is aligned with the Frederick County Public Schools 7th grade Language Arts standards:
LA.700.60.04 Write to express personal ideas that relate a clear, coherent event, situation, and/or storyline by using well-chosen details, that reveal the significance of, or the writer’s attitude about the subject, and that purposefully include rhetorical elements, such as figurative language, descriptions, foreshadowing, and symbolism.
LA.700.60.02 Use precise language, action verbs, sensory details, colorful modifiers to enliven written presentations.
This digital tool supports the unit I do when teaching the purposes for writing. This product is appropriate for this task because students would love working with photos and would be more excited about writing the piece that accompanies it. Flickr is easy to use, so there would not be much trouble teaching students how to use the tool. I have no doubt that the photo that I chose and story that I wrote would have my student’s attention as it was “gross” to look at and a piece of my life that I was sharing. In my experience, students really like the teacher’s personal stories and connections. I have modeled that writing can be fun while using descriptive words. No matter what writing ability a student has, he or she would be able to create a Flicktion piece. I used this tool as a final assessment. The instructional focus would be learning about the different reasons why authors write. Students would read examples of each type and practice identifying each.
As a written assessment, I would have students choose one form of writing persuade, inform, entertain or self-expression and have them complete a Flicktion final project. I would start by having students choose a photo that is a favorite. The self-selections gives them choice and will put them at the center of their project so that they can take pride.
After the photo is selected and put on their Flickr account, students could add text. In class we’d draft and edit, then students could type their writing assignment. Next, they could copy and paste the final edition into the “description box” of the photo and save. Students could also add the location of their photo on a map as an extra detail. Once students “tagged” the photo with the word “Ficktion” it would be shared in the “Fliction” community. Students could look at classmate’s work and comment. They would also get digital feedback, not just from their classmates, but also from other users.