1788: Was life the same for everyone?
Assessment task 2: Creating a historical narrative excerpt
The students will work in small groups to plan, draft and publish a one- to one-and-a-half-minute multimodal text. The narrative text will be cohesive and reflect their understanding of the design elements used as studied throughout the unit. The item will provide an opportunity for students to experiment further with design elements, including audio, as studied in Sequences 8, 9, 10 and 11.
The students could use one of the Text extracts from Nanberry from Sequence 6, another text that they have been exploring through the unit or a prepared script dealing with a topic discussed in the unit. Such topics include first contact; the kidnapping of Bennelong, Arabanoo or Colbee; a convict activity; a convict reflecting on their life; interaction between an Indigenous person and a European regarding the food shortage or Captain Phillip discussing his ideas for the new colony. Remind the students that it will only be a snapshot of the event.
The students can engage with a wide variety of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to develop and create their texts. You will need to determine which ICTs would be suitable, based on your school’s technology capabilities and the knowledge and capabilities of the students. Some presentation ideas are listed below for consideration. ACELT1794, ACELY1694, ACELY1697, ACHASSI082
Resources for this task
Professional reading and further information about uses of digital storytelling:
- The Scootle resource ICT in Everyday Learning: Toolkit for teaching (access requires log in) has a comprehensive list of technology that can be used in the classroom, as well as learning activities for the Australian Curriculum. You will need to use your educator’s sign-on to access this material.
- Adam Brice and Richard Lambert (2009) Digital Storytelling, Curriculum Corporation (ESA), Melbourne.
- Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: Microsoft in Education, Teaching Guides, Microsoft Windows website.
Digital storytelling software:
- Getting Started with Windows Movie Maker: Microsoft Windows website.
- Find out how: iMovie: Apple website.
- Audacity audio recording.
- PowerPoint: Microsoft Office website.
- Microsoft Photo Story: Microsoft Office website.
Web 2.0 tools and other ideas to explore:
- Cartoon making tools: Joy Valenza’s Only2Clicks page.
- Web 2.0: Cool Tools for Schools: a wiki space that has links to a wide range of digital tools.
The assessment item is flexible, to meet the needs of a diverse classroom. Student learning can be extended by asking the students to write their own text for the narrative. The Historical narrative planning sheet should be used, as should the Assessment task 2 rubric to assess the planning of the narrative and student interactions with others.