Stories for Sarah

A Project Prototype by Barbara Bird

not published

based on Literacy: a recursive process between teaching and learning.

In this project, community college students enrolled in 2nd semester Italian will create stories for a young Italian girl being raised in the U.S. This project will support students in exploring cultural topics of their own choosing, and increasing their writing proficiency.

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Preparing for the Project

Reading children's stories in Italian

Drafting interview questions for Sarah

Launching the Project

Entry event: Chi è Sarah?

Interview with Sarah

Managing the Project

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Assessment

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Implementation Info

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Preparing for the Project

Reading children's stories in Italian

To get a better idea of the genre of children's books in Italian, students will read a few childrens' books. They will be provided with a variety of types of books to choose from, including stories and picture books in both traditional format and a variety of digital formats. 

They will then choose the book they prefer and write a short book review.

These book reviews will be discussed in small groups in class, followed by a discussion about the elements that make up a great book and those that might distract the reader from the message.

Drafting interview questions for Sarah

After having chosen a main topic, and created their own driving question, students brainstorm questions to ask Sarah and her parents. These questions will be centered around gathering as much information as possible about Sarah's preferences and experiences.

Launching the Project

Entry event: Chi è Sarah?

In collaboration with Sarah's parents, I will record a brief video greeting from Sarah to the class.

I will then show this video in class.

After watching the video, students will write their impressions about what kind of child she is and what more they might want to know about her.

Technology Tips

Use a good microphone when creating the video. A cell phone video may be difficult for students to understand.

Interview with Sarah

Sarah and her parents will visit our class in person. Students will interact with Sarah and her parents in small groups, asking them questions to get to know Sarah better and find out what kinds of things she is interested in. 

Managing the Project

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