This unit guides students through all the steps needed to create a multi-media spoken word piece. It is designed for use in the Digital Media, Media Arts, English Media or Communications Technology classroom. It can also be used in any media literacy unit or unit on social justice.
This is the teacher information page for this unit.
Access to the Internet and student access to millions of pieces of content means students are more than ever tempted to break copyright. I structured this unit to encourage students to create all of their own content, however I do allow the use of public domain and creative commons content. There is a great series of resources for teachers about
teaching with digital media, copyright, social issues and youth advocacy in the Adobe Youth Voices page: Adobe Youth Voices Essentials. Another site with excellent resources related to this unit can be found on the Taking IT Global Education site.
I believe strongly that students should be scaffolded in their journey to independent learning. This unit attempts to do this by being more prescriptive at the beginning and more open-ended at the end.
This unit relies heavily on online resources. Students can access these through computers and smartphones.
My parting thought is a spoken word piece about teachers that I came across as I was writing this piece.