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The Devil's Arithmetic Review Using Low Budget Animation

Last Updated: May-07-2009

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Developed By

  Jason Frieling
 

Lesson Title

  The Devil's Arithmetic Review Using Low Budget Animation
 

Length of Lesson

  3-5 Days depending on lab/material availability
 

Lesson Unit

  The Devil's Arithmetic
 

Grade

  8
 

Subject

  ELA
 

Strand

  Reading
 

Michigan Content Expectations

  R.NT.08.02, R.NT.08.03, R.NT.08.04, R.CM.08.03, S.CN.08.01
 

Materials

 

Student Materials:

  1. The Devil's Arithmetic
  2. Paper (both lined and unlined)
  3. Crayons, colored pencils, etc.
  4. pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks

Teacher Materials:

  1. Document Camera
  2. Projector
  3. Video recorder (Flip camera, document camera...anything that will record what is displayed)
 

Abstract

 

This project/assignment is an attempt to synthesize the potentially fragmented view/memory of the novel The Devil’s Arithmetic into a condensed whole. The big picture is to discover or reinforce the idea of “remembering” as presented in the novel. 

 

Big Idea(s)

 

It is of the utmost importance to remember our past to improve our future.

 

Essential Questions

 
  • What is the essential plot structure in this novel?
  • How is the theme of "Remembering" carried throughout this novel?
  • How is the beginning of the novel connected to the end?
  • How can the main character have a very different view of her past at the end compared to what she started with?
 

Learning Objectives

 

Students will be able to

  • present and articulate the basic principle plot developments of the novel The Devil’s Arithmetic
  • present and articulate how the theme of “remembering” is developed and reinforced through the plot
 

Summative Assessment

 

 

Introduction: 
You’ve read the novel, now it is time to make the MOVIE!!! Unfortunately, PIXAR hasn’t returned our calls, nor have any of the actors and actresses for that matter…
Nevertheless, the show must go on! We can be better than PIXAR. We can act better than Mel Gibson. We can produce a masterpiece to faithfully capture the plot and theme of The Devil’s Arithmetic.
 
Directions:
1.      You may work in a group of up to 5 people total or you may work all by yourself.
2.      Create a list of characters that you will need to “animate” for your movie.
3.      Write a rough copy of your script that describes both the lines the audience will hear and the action the audience will see.
4.      Start creating your scenery and characters. Keep it simple but artistic…no stick figures! However, this is NOT art class, so don’t spend more time on the drawings than you do on the script.
5.      Be sure to encompass the majority of the main plot points in your animation. Be sure your animation communicates the theme, “Remembering”.
6.      Be ready to go live on the due date!
 

Lesson Opening

 
  1. Start class by playing a trailer of The Devil's Arithmetic.
  2. Begin a discussion about making books into movies.
  3. Talk about what it takes to make a movie.
  4. Challenge the students to make an animated representation of the plot and theme of the novel.
  5. Introduce our "Low Budget Animation" project.

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Lesson Opening Co-teaching Plan

 
  1. Start class by playing a trailer of The Devil's Arithmetic.
  2.  
  3. Begin a discussion about making books into movies.
  4. Talk about what it takes to make a movie.
  5. Challenge the students to make an animated representation of the plot and theme of the novel.
  6. Introduce our "Low Budget Animation" project.
  7. Divide class into 6 groups so each can be assigned 2 chapters.

 

 

Exploration

 
  • Students will spend 1-2 class periods exploring and recording the significant plot points of the novel, The Devil's Arithmetic
  • Students will also be evaluating whether each plot point supports the development of the theme, "Remembering".
  • Students will record and script all that will be needed to produce a quality "animation".

Resource(s) available for this section
 

Exploration Co-teaching Plan

 
  • Students will spend 1-2 class periods exploring and recording the significant plot points of the novel, The Devil's Arithmetic.
  • Co-teacher will facilitate the work with 2-3 groups while the other teacher facilitates the work of the other 2-3 groups.
  • Students will also be evaluating whether each plot point supports the development of the theme, "Remembering". Co-teacher will assist with direction.
  • Students will record and script all that will be needed to produce a quality "animation".  Teacher and co-teacher will model form and method of recording and organizing script and materials.
 

Check for Understanding

 

As groups present, the evaluation will be based on the rubric below.

Rubric:

Overall presentation:________/10

Addresses majority of plot points: __________/10

Carries the theme: ____________/10

Communication ability:  ___________/10

Total: ________/40

 

 

If a group or groups fail to meet the minimum of 30/40 points on the rubric, students will have an opportunity to analyze the rubric and articulate in writing what was missing and make a plan for a way to improve the presentation.

 

Check for Understanding Co-teaching Plan

 

 

As groups present, the evaluation will be based on the rubric below.
Rubric:
Overall presentation:________/10
Addresses majority of plot points: __________/10
Carries the theme: ____________/10
Communication ability: ___________/10
Total: ________/40
 
 
If a group or groups fail to meet the minimum of 30/40 points on the rubric, students will have an opportunity to analyze the rubric and articulate in writing what was missing and make a plan for a way to improve the presentation.  Co-teacher and teacher will facilitate and direct the initial steps in this process.
 

Closing

 

While viewing low-budget animations, have a video recording device capturing all of the presentations.  Have an "Award Winning" montage for classes to view the best of other classes' presentations.  Discuss merits of each.