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Make Me a Story

Teaching Writing Through Digital Storytelling

Lisa C. Miller

"Just as writing can be a process of discovery, so can digital storytelling, where images, words, and music all work together to create meaning."
-- Lisa Miller

 


Foreword by Linda Rief

Product Details

  • Author: Lisa C. Miller
  • ISBN: 978-157110-789-3
  • Year:2010
  • Media: 120 pp/paper + CD-ROM
  • Grade Range: K-5
  • Item No: WEB-0789


"Just as writing can be a process of discovery, so can digital storytelling, where images, words, and music all work together to create meaning."
-- Lisa Miller

When teachers and students first learn about digital stories, they often focus on the bells and whistles: images, music, sound effects, and so on. To Lisa Miller, a good digital story -- like any good story -- is all about the writing. In Make Me a Story, Lisa shows how to use digital stories to lead students through all phases of the writing process, from planning to revising and editing.

Digital storytelling uses computers and software to marry text with art -- photographs, drawings, paintings, and video -- as well as narration and music. Lisa leads teachers step-by-step through the process of creating a digital story in an accessible (even for the computer neophyte), instructional, and entertaining way.

Make Me a Story discusses different types of digital stories; shows how to assess digital assignments and motivate reluctant writers; and explains how digital storytelling teaches skills supported by national education and technology standards. Teachers will find specific suggestions for writing exercises and various ways to get students thinking about how best to tell their stories. The accompanying CD includes examples of student stories discussed in the text.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter ONE: Stories That Matter
Chapter TWO: How Do Writers Tell (Digital) Stories?
Chapter THREE: Taking Students Through the Writing Process, Part One
Chapter FOUR: Taking Students Through the Writing Process, Part Two
Chapter FIVE: Learning Through Digital Storytelling: Standards and Assessment
Afterword
References and Resources

About the Author

Lisa C. Miller
Lisa Miller is an associate professor of journalism at the University of New Hampshire and has worked on digital stories with elementary school teachers and students. Lisa received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of New Hampshire and has been a full-time instructor there since 1989. >more

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