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Start with clarity of intent.

Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

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Case Study #2 - Storyteller Unit

(Year 8 - Term 3 - Writing Focus)

About Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning (PBL) is not a languages methodology - it is a tightly defined 8-element methodology from the Buck Institute in the USA.

Forget the 8 steps, I want to focus in on the idea of a real world project that has a particular audience. The project gets "pitched" to the students at the start of the unit, creating energy and enthusiasm. This feeds into the content & learning, which the students need to complete the project.

Entry Event with Animoto + Visit

First, we show this video (made with Animoto). You can see the page live here (username scilvisitor  password design).

Second, each Year 8 student meets with a kindy kid, who brings their favourite storybook and describes what they love in a story. 

Product + Personalised Choices

Here are the sorts of of end products (after about 8 weeks).

But note, they don't have to do a book for kindy. We've personalised the options at our web portal  here (username scilvisitor  password design)


The Year 8s meet once more and gift their storybook to their kindy child. 

Content & Learning

Recipe Cards:

The content came in the form of story "recipe cards" available on our web portal. 

Personalised Recipes

We organised the recipe cards onto a grid marked with Beginners / Intermediate / Advanced. We worked from left to right throughout the term. 

See them by scrolling down this portal page HERE (username scilvisitor  password design)

Teacher Input
Each recipe card was linked with "guru sessions" with a teacher explaining the grammar, directing handwritten grammar exercises, and working with the class to generate repertoire of sentences.