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WE LOVE TO WRITE STORIES!
USING STORYJUMPER IN
YOUR WORLD LANGUAGE
CLASSROOM
Terri L. Wright
Millard South High School
[email protected]
Why technology?
Digital age
Motivating to students
Fun! Shakes up your class!
Why this technology?
User-friendly for teachers and students
The icons and themes actually help get them started (jumper)
Results are amazing and kids are so creative!
What’s in it for them?
They have the possibility of selling books to adoring relatives—
win-win!
What is Storyjumper?
A free, online program that not only enables students to write online using
the target language, it actually helps them get started giving them a
“jump” on ideas and inspiring them to use 21st Century skills!
Teachers can create a free online account and create classes where
they can monitor students’ work and even make corrections online!
Where do I begin?
1. Create a teacher account and add a class
2.  Enter your students’ names and print out the roster with log-ins
& passwords
3. Watch the intro video/try out the hands-on tutorial.
4. Write your own story as an example, highlighting the
vocabulary/grammar you are looking for.
5.  Present your story, preview the site with students and introduce
the project.
6. Have students get started
1. Create a teacher account and add a class
Take me to StoryJumper
2. Enter your students’ names and print out the roster
with log-ins & passwords.
3. Watch the intro video/try out the hands-on tutorial
4. Write your own story as an example,
highlighting the vocabulary/grammar you are
looking for.
5.  Present your story, preview the site with students,
and introduce the project.
Un livre d’enfants Storyjumper.com
Nom: _______________________________________ French storybook project to prac?ce past tenses. You are going to write a story using three French past tenses: Passé Composé, Imparfait & Plus Que Parfait. This story will demonstrate that you know how to form these tenses and when to use them! The project will be graded in two parts: 1. Comple?on of the book 2. The voice recording of you, or you reading your story live. Guidelines: 1. At least ten pages (including illustra?ons). 2. Three to five sentences per page. 3. Crea?ve use of vocabulary. Try to use simple expressions and cognates as much as possible. If you use advanced vocabulary, be sure to find a crea?ve way to teach it to us either prior to or during the story. 4. You must use all three tenses. Note: You must use Plus Que Parfait at least twice so brainstorm ways that you can talk about a prior past ac?on. 5. Your project will be graded on both using correct French grammar and your crea?vity and risk-­‐taking! Rubrique: J 100 points Magnifique Bien fait Assez bien Plus d’effort Content—
appropriate use of
vocabulary
_______/30 Used simple vocab
effectively & taught
any unknown vocab
creatively. Overall good use of
vocab but the
listener couldn’t
understand a few
things. Used some
advanced
expressions leaving
the listener
somewhat confused. Did not use
vocabulary
appropriately/didn’t
teach advanced
vocabulary. Grammar—Past
tenses formed and
used accurately.
_______/30
Formed & used all 3
past tenses
accurately. Used
PQP correctly at
least twice within the
story. Used all 3 tenses with
some errors in either
formation or usage
that don’t confuse the
reader. Used some past
tenses but either
did not use them all
or did not use them
correctly, confusing
the reader. Incorrect use of past
tense. Formation and
usage troubles that
make your story
difficult to
understand. Performance &
pronunciation
_______/25 Pronounced well
with few errors and
read with
expression,
maintaining listener
interest. Entertaining—Fun
premise & good
writing! Pronounced with
some errors that do
not affect
comprehension &/or
did not read
smoothly/fluently. Good ideas, need a
bit more
development, but
well-written. Pronunciation
troubles &/or nonfluent reading,
affecting listener
comprehension. Pronunciation & nonfluent reading
causing listener
frustration. Straightforward/not
very original. I don’t know where
you are going with
this… Creativity—
Entertainment
value
_______/15 6. Have students get started
1. Try showing them the potential scenes, characters, props first
to get them thinking about a potential theme.
2. Have them brainstorm using the 7 steps to writing a story worksheet.
3. Give them work time.
Thank you for your interest!
Any Questions?
Terri L. Wright
Millard South High School
[email protected]
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