Lesson Plan Published 4/29/14 Last updated on 8/1/18

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.


  • Audition

    Audio recording, mixing, and restoration.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

  • Animate

    Design interactive vector animations for multiple platforms.

  • Photoshop Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your photos.

  • Adobe Premiere Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your videos.

Age Levels
1+ Month
Content Standards
Custom Standards
Supports Art, Media Arts, Communication Technology and English Media Expecations
ISTE Standards
Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

This is a multi-media unit that requires student access to the Internet and also student access to

sound recording (voice), and presentation software. Presentation software can be as simple as

Powerpoint or Prezi, which is an excellent online alternative, video editing software, Flash or

Special Effects Software such as After Effects. In addition, drawing and photo editing software

would be a great asset.

In my classroom only original content, or content from the public domain or creative

commons is allowed.

CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
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Deborah Hargroves

Posted on 7/8/14 2:27:39 AM Permalink

Excellent unit! I am looking forward to trying it with my students and to introducing it to other teachers. I also love Adobe Voice and will use it to present a more simplified process to achieve the goals presented here. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful resource!

Katherine Yamashita

Posted on 8/26/14 5:29:29 AM Permalink

Hi Deborah,

Glad you like it.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 6/4/14 6:54:12 AM Permalink

Great resource. Thank you. Adobe Voice, Hammersmith. Wow - lucky kids these days to be able to bypass the old-fashioned written reports!

katherine Yamashita

Posted on 6/4/14 11:36:27 AM Permalink

Thanks Judy, I agree about lucky kids, More importantly this is a vehicle and AYV is a way for students to connect with other students from around the world and begin to see the world is not so rich for all of us.

ellen flaherty

Posted on 5/26/14 5:51:16 AM Permalink

I love this project. I think it could also be done using the new Adobe Voice app.

Thanks for sharing

katherine Yamashita

Posted on 5/26/14 3:39:33 PM Permalink

Thanks Ellen. I just signed up for Creative Cloud so I will check out Voice. It can also be done on Hammersmith by the way, which I have been using in beta!

Tony Bolder

Posted on 5/2/14 9:06:22 PM Permalink

A very comprehensive unit of work, that would allow students to make progress at their won pace.

katherine Yamashita

Posted on 5/26/14 3:39:00 PM Permalink

Thanks Tony. One of my students won the AYV animation award with this project and two students NOT in my class did it over the summer for fun.