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This multimedia lesson teaches how to use key images and music to convey a theme in a personal photo story narrative
Language Arts, Music, Computers & Internet, Art
Title – Theme and Music with Photo Story
By – John
Primary Subject – Computers / Internet
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts, Music, Art
Grade Level – 7 – 8
Concept/Topic to Teach:
- Using multimedia (images and music) to convey a theme in a personal narrative.
- Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills Standards for Technology Education/Industrial Technology Education for Middle School (
- ) including 123.12.C.13. B-C.
- Students will identify key images that convey a narrative from a multimedia presentation.
- Students will evaluate audio and visual techniques consistent with industry standards.
- Given a prepared 3-minute multimedia narrative on Photo Story 3, students will identify the primary theme of the message.
- Given a prepared 3-minute multimedia narrative on Photo Story 3, students will identify musical contributions to the mood and theme of the story.
- Given a prepared 3-minute multimedia narrative on Photo Story 3, students will evaluate the images for consistency to the theme and identify 3 slides that should be deleted from the story, because they do not fit the theme.
- Students will create a storyboard on a personal narrative, and select 10 images from their own collections for a future Photo Story 3 presentation.
- Access to a PC running Windows Photo Story 3 (one per student)
- URL of web-based Photo Story sample.
- Paper and pen (each student)
- Teacher will give background of sample project, then ask each student to click on URL.
- Teacher will explain and give examples of “theme”.
- Students will form small groups, and identify the “theme” of the presentation.
- Each group will identify at least one theme in the presentation, and discuss the music choice and whether it enhanced the message, or detracted.
- Students, in groups, will choose three slides to be deleted from the set. Group reporters will explain their choices to the group.
- Working individually, students will identify a theme for their own project, and begin a storyboard using paper and pen.
Plan for Independent Practice:
- Students will search for other Photo Story presentations on the internet, and examine background music, and extraneous slides.
Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):
- The teacher will open the Photo Story project, and substitute new music at students’ suggestions.
- Teacher will delete extraneous slides that have been selected by at least two groups.
- Project will be exported and re-posted and reviewed by students.
Adaptations (For Students with Learning Disabilities):
- Slower students will begin storyboarding immediately, and select music for the background.
- They will report why they chose that background music selection, and what the theme of their project will be.
Extensions (For Gifted Students):
- Students will search for appropriate videos involving only music (no dialogue or narration).
- They will use video editing software to delete the music track, and change the background music to change the mood and theme of the work.
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