Digital Authorship 8 (year 2)

COVID-19 - 2020 Update

Students will be working virtually in Digital Authorship until the District reopens. This means that there are going to be modifications to the curriculum. Please stay tuned to Google Classroom for specifics. The following skills and G21 standards will continue to be emphasized:

    -Author’s Craft

    -Communication

    -Self-Directed Learning


Key Course Learning Experience (Distance Learning)

Students will be creating documentary style videos that reflect their lives and experiences during this moment in time, the 2020 pandemic. 

Over the course of this next month, students will gather up a variety of images, documents, and videos that reflect their experiences and understandings of this moment in time. Students will also create (or use--if completed in another class) writings or vlogs reflecting on their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, students will use the digital production skills that we have been developing this year, to create a documentary style video that captures their personal experience of this unique time in history.

Google Classroom Links:

A-Day, Hour 1: https://classroom.google.com/w/NDI4NTYzNTM4ODBa/t/all

A-Day, Hour 2: https://classroom.google.com/w/NDI4NTYzNTM4OTJa/t/all

Course Description

Students who enjoyed creating videos, music, animations and digital stories in 7th grade Digital Authorship have the opportunity to take their digital production to another level! Through podcasts, music videos, public service announcements and a variety of creative projects we will continue to explore techniques and strategies that can be used with iMovie, Garageband, and other macbook apps. Student self-directed projects (independent and/or collaborative) are again a personalized learning opportunity in Digital Authorship 8-2. Students will continue to explore their unique passions and interests, as they strengthen their skill sets in digital production! 

*Students participating in this course have access to all needed technology in class.

Key Course Learning Experiences

  • Newb University Unit:  Students choose a topic that they know a lot about, or would like to learn about. They then work to create a video that teaches others about “How To” or “How Not To” do something. Sharing information and the skill of backing up ideas with facts are emphasized in this unit. 

  • Personal Wellness PSA Unit: Students reflect on the topic of Personal Wellness and what this means to them. They then work to identify Personal Wellness topics and/or issues that students their age often face or struggle with. Students choose a topic that they would like to make a PSA on. Students focus on informing their audience about an issue, and also, encouraging a healthy action step for viewers to take after watching their PSA.

  • Podcast Unit: Using StoryCorps as an example, students listen to podcast stories and identify qualities that make a strong podcast. They then identify a person who has had a strong impact on their life to be the focus of their podcast. Interview skills are developed as students work to interview a person of importance in their life. They then assemble a podcast that highlights this special relationship that they are grateful for.

Alternate: Students work to create a podcast for the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, a nationwide competition.

  • Choice Projects: Students define the topic, goal/purpose, audience, and project criteria for a Digital Authorship project of their choice. Choosing the tools that best fit the project, students assemble their digital project over a series of workshops. Through student teacher conferring sessions, learning becomes personalized to each individual student. 

  • Fast Film Challenges: Taking a break from lengthier projects, students put their digital skills to the test as they complete quick digital challenges throughout the semester.

Essential Learning Goals

Students will develop their skills in the following Greenfield G21 Standards:

  • Communication: 

  • Self-Directed Learning: 

  • Creativity (Author’s Craft)

Major Assessments and Success Criteria

The Language Arts Department believes that learning by doing is the best way to gain new skills and expand existing critical, creative, analytical, and evaluative skills; consequently, this class is largely a performance-based class, a class that guides students through the process of creating something (presentation, portfolio, project, etc.) that demonstrates their mastery of and ability to apply key skills and concepts. 

Students will evaluate their own progress while in the process of completing assessments, and teachers will provide feedback which students can use to upgrade their assessments. Assessment directions, minimum requirements, and success criteria will be provided at the introduction of each major assessment. 

Skills and concepts that transfer from one assessment to others: Students effectively convey ideas and information, orally and in writing, to enhance communication; students interact appropriately for a variety of classroom situations; students make connections between and among a variety of texts: fiction, informational, and visual.


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