Dave Tacon, Melbourne eats lunch: University of Melbourne, digital colour photograph, 2005
Create a digital story for younger children that demonstrates the role food plays in shaping our identity.
This activity is linked to the Food and identity inquiry unit and is targeted at Years 3–6 students.
- Explain to students that they will be learning how to write a children's storybook that explores food.
- At stations, with butcher's paper and markers, students work in small groups to explore a variety of children's books that focus on food and identity.
- Place one book at each station and allow students five minutes to read through the book and record elements of effective writing they notice (for example, alliteration or onomatopoeia). Students then rotate to the next station.
- At the last station, each group reports on the most useful elements from that book.
- For useful tips on writing a children's story, see Mem Fox's website.
- Model how to use Story Scrapbook to plan a story.
- Allow a few minutes for students to think-pair-share with a peer.
- Students begin to plan their story using Story Scrapbook.
- Students present their plan to the class. Their peers are invited to help them elaborate their ideas by posing questions and offering feedback.
- Students craft and refine their script and images for application in digital story format.
- Model use of digital storytelling tools such as ACMI's story generator, iMovie or Microsoft Photo Story.
- Students work to publish their story.
- Host a children's book festival and invite younger students from another class to attend.
- Encourage students to reflect on the challenges and strengths. Ask: now you have written your own children's book, what tips would you give to a beginning writer?