8th Grade Historical Literacy consists of two 43 minute class periods. Writing is one 43 minute block and reading is another. The teacher has picked themes based on social studies standards, and a read-aloud novel based on social studies serves as the mentor text for writing and reading skills. More social studies content is addressed in reading through teaching nonfiction reading skills and discussion. Standards reflect CCSS ELA, Reading, and Social Studies Standards for History.
What rights do you have as a creator? Students are introduced to copyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators.
The students read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and using the attached board reflect on their journey as middle schoolers. The choices that the students are given allow for them to demonstrate their growth this year.
This may be used as a way of having students present in a persuasive, true-to-life format. It can be used as a business education/marketing format, as well as a way of having students persuade an audience through both speaking and using visual aids.
This is a project that can be used individually or with groups. It includes detailed instructions and rubric.
Students explore the concept of fair use, apply it to case studies, and
create an original work of fair use.
Students learn how to judge whether something is protected by fair use
by using the Four Points of Fair Use Student Handout. They
apply the four points of fair use to two case studies, a remixed video and
a mash-up song, to judge whether or not they fall under fair use.
Students then create an original work of fair use by reworking
copyrighted material to create a collage or a remix video.
A mini-poetry project allows students to practice public speaking, listening, and critical analysis skills. Students practice formative assessment throughout the unit by participating in peer assessments. Students use accountable talk to provide classmates with constructive feedback based on anecdotal notes taken during the podcast. Students also participate in self-assessment and think about what skills they need to practice to meet proficiency.