For their unit on Catcher in the Rye, she is having them think about the theme of resilience. She had them make a video in response to some questions about resiliency and how teens become resilient.
Here's the video her students made:
Anyway, check it out:
I have two more classes to compile before we can do the next step, but this part was so much fun that it makes me wonder why I haven't had students make video before. I mean, with my iPhone and iPad, taking the video was super easy, and then uploading it to YouTube was literally only a click away.
I can't wait to start the next part! Ms. Hewes has agreed to have her students make another video in response to ours this week. Then we'll be writing short stories and essays about resilience and our students will edit/review each others' work. This takes project-based learning to a new level and it is one of the coolest things I've ever done in my career.
You can follow the project on Twitter at #resilience12, or you can read about it here or on Bianca Hewes' blog.