Performance Task For Storytelling – Collecting StoriesMay 9, 2007 at 9:40 am | Posted in best practices, elementary, investigation, Open Court, performance task, strategies, writing | 5 Comments
I would like your help, opinions, and critique of this performance task that I designed. This is my first time creating something of this magnitude and with such careful planning. I want to know if this is a task that is worth doing.
As an Open Court teacher, I have always struggled with the Investigation part of every unit. I have never understood it. Oh, I understand it, and I understand the rationale. I just never understood how to implement it cohesively in the classroom. The investigation always fall apart about three weeks into the unit.
This performance task is something that I can get my mind around. I understand, truly understand this task because I designed it with my students and standards in mind. The performance task will require a lot of learning and higher level thinking from my students. It will require that my students take an active hand in their learning. It is also highly motivating as it is a series of real-world task.
Can it be a substitute for the Investigation portion of the Open Court unit? More to the point, can it BE the Investigation portion of the unit?
My students will be investigating what is needed to make a good story and oral history in their community. They will be asking questions and revising questions, coming up with conjectures and revising their conjectures as they interview members of their community. Finally, they will be producing a quality product that will show their learning.
Open Court teachers, what are your opinions?
Visit http://www.box.net/shared/rbkpuuyjqm for the performance task design pdf that I wrote up for this storytelling task.
Collecting Stories Student Task Prompt
You are an author collecting family and community stories for an oral history anthology. You must interview family members to collect stories and decide which stories are most important to share in order to write a chapter for the anthology and then present the anthology to other classes to convince them to purchase the book to add to their libraries.