Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider
17. Cloudy or Cumulus: Collaborative Composition and Storyboarding to Produce Print and Digital Science Texts (Fifth Grade)
MATTHEW U. BLANKENSHIP, ERIN E. MARGARELLA, JENNA THOMAS, AMBER HOLMBERG, AND JENIFER JASINSKI SCHNEIDER
Working in small groups, two preservice teachers and four fifth grade students developed text, images, and a video about a science topic. The products were assembled into an e-book and made available to parents and families through iTunes. Highlighting the work of one particular group who wrote about clouds, the authors explore the elements of collaborative composition and video production in which the students utilized graphic organizers and digital devices to compose, edit, and eventually upload their e-books to iTunes.
• Fifth grade classroom, small group setting
• University field experience for a writing methods course
• Private, Catholic school (K–8, about 85% white and 15% Latino/ Latina, middle SES)
• 2 preservice teachers: 1 multiethnic or Afro-Caribbean and European female and 1 white female
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