This project is intended to be used in my 5th grade novel study class as a capstone project. The students are all Korean and speak English at an Intermediate level. The purpose of the course is to provide integrated language arts practice via the medium of the novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Students gain content specific vocabulary, work to increase their reading comprehension, and discuss, interpret, and reflect upon character motivations and themes in the story.
The aim of this project is for students to create a short stop-motion animated film to illustrate one of their favorite scenes from the novel. The project is intended to engage students while promoting reflection on the novel and providing an opportunity for students to develop and display proficiency speaking English with correct tone, expression, and inflection.
Students will work in groups consisting of 4 or 5 students and be given 4 class hours to complete their stop-motion film. They will be expected to create resources prior to class for homework.
Before beginning the project, a brief lesson on how to create stop-motion animation will be given. I will show the following YouTube video and slide presentation to help my students get organized to create their movies.
Students will be tasked with creating a stop motion video that is 15 seconds to 1 minute long to share one of their favorite scenes from the novel Coraline. They will be graded based on their adherence to the time limit, presence of a title screen and credits, use of vocabulary from the chapter, organization of their movie, and the dialogue that is included. All students will be provided the following rubric prior to beginning their project.
Finally, students will be shown the following exemplar that I created in order to inspire their creativity and provide them with an example of an animation that would get a perfect score according to the rubric.
Matthew Boomhower is a mid-career educator with 15 years of classroom teaching and educational leadership experience. He is Head of Innovation & Learning at an international school in Malaysia and is a proud husband and father.