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Let Your English Class Make Poetry Videos With Photo Story 3

written by: Elizabeth Porter • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 8/10/2012

Would you like a way to integrate technology into your poetry unit? It can be difficult to do anything more with a poetry unit other than reading and writing poems. Using Photo Story 3, you can turn your class poetry into a narrated video for students to enjoy and take home!

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    Bringing Technology Into the Classroom

    As explained in the first article in this series entitled "Photo Story 3: Science Video," Photo Story 3 is a Windows program that creates slide show videos using digital pictures. The program is very user friendly, allowing users to keep it as simple as possible or more polished if they choose. The options included in the program range from cropping and rotating pictures, using color effects on pictures, to transitions and music/narration.

    Educators need to integrate technology into their lesson plans more and more as companies are demanding future employees with computer skills, and the technology generation is growing bored with traditional teaching methods. Many states now mandate technology to be apart of the curriculum. One way to incorporate technology into poetry units is to create a class poem as explained below.

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    Class Poem

    I currently teach in a third grade classroom. The following example can be altered to fit the needs of your unit and your grade level.

    1. Teach whatever type of poem that fits your needs (haiku, acrostic, etc.). In my classroom, I showed the students a poem called, "Can You Imagine." The poem is a playful way of imagining things that we aren't used to. The poem is AB format with two lines per stanza.

    2. After discussing the format of the poem, have students make up their own (i.e. A dog without bark, A fire without a spark). Depending on the age of your students they may need more supervision and assistance with coming up with rhyming words. In those cases it is helpful to give them a first line that ends in a word with a lot of rhyming words. Have them come up with several different ones, and when they are done the students should choose their favorite one created.

    3. After you approve their stanzas, have them neatly write the stanza on the bottom of a piece of paper. You may choose to make your own photocopied sheet to make sure students are writing in a straight line and the appropriate size. They should also put their name and the title of the poem on the top. Then in the middle of the page students should illustrate their poem. Color and outlining is important for pictures you will take later.

    4. When the class is done, take pictures of each illustration. I find it is best to leave out the title and the lines because their writing is not always readable once plugged into Photo Story 3. However, do what you think looks best. I took the pictures in alphabetical order so that I knew which drawing belonged to each student.

    5. View my other article that outlines how to use Photo Story 3. The link to the article is below this article.

    6. I created a title page before the pictures. You can do this by creating it by hand and taking a picture or creating it in a word processing document and using the print screen button on the keyboard to copy the image into an art program, like Paint. Do whatever you feel comfortable with.

    7. Whether you typed their stanzas onto the images or the picture has the stanzas in it, have students narrate their own stanzas. This can only be done one at a time, so make sure the class has something else to do and the student narrating is familiar with what to do.

    8. Burn the "movie" and share!

Photo Story 3

Want to integrate technology into your units? Making class or individual videos showcasing student projects, work, and narration of what they learned is simple using a program called Photo Story 3. Learn how to create an easy, fun video in this series!
  1. Use This Photo Story 3 Lesson Plan to Showcase Student Work in the Sciences
  2. Let Your English Class Make Poetry Videos With Photo Story 3