Students work collaboratively to bring their individual devotions into a collective devotional booklet that is printed and published online. They also create an audio version. Students serve on different teams determined by collaborative planning to make the final version.
The learner will:
- share his or her talents to create a high-quality product that serves young people in the community.
- contribute time and talent to a team in order to bring the group project to a final stage, including an audio recording.
- collaborate and use problem solving.
- Optional: seek funds or organize a fundraiser to pay for printing costs to donate additional copies of the devotionals to other children in the community.
- recording devices and microphones/earphones
- paper, printing and art materials
- Optional: student copies of Handout One: Word Cloud Rubric
Have students reflect in their writers notebooks on the writing and collaborative production processes involved in this lesson.
JC Play Zone www.jcplayzone.com website with faith-based activities for young children
Tell the students that when a publishing company prints devotionals to sell, different teams work together to create the final product. The teams include editorial, marketing, sales, art and design, and purchasing. Each team brings expertise to the whole group in order to make the best product for the audience. Working together and relying on student voice, determine which teams are needed to bring their individual devotions together to create a final published devotional with images and an audio version. They may come up with the following teams: front and back covers team, submissions team (convert to online version for jcplayzone.com), art team, audio team, design team, marketing team, and materials team.
Brainstorm with the students a list of all the tasks that need to be completed to create the final product. Determine who will be on each team and what the teams' responsibilities are. Teams may be determined by talent/interest survey, volunteering, or availability.
Teach a mini-lesson on making effective recordings. Share samples of good podcasts and talk about what made them interesting and easy to listen to. Share an example of an ineffective recording and compare. Tell the students to practice reading their piece aloud several times and keep in mind when they are recording to enunciate their words, speak smoothly, and pace their speech appropriately.
Each student posts his or her final draft on the school's shared drive. They are responsible for submitting a final draft, recording a reading of their page, and serving on a team. (Some students may not be able to serve on a team because they need the time to finish their own page.)
Examples of what the teams can do:
- The layout team copies and pastes each devotion into a design template in a Publisher document.
- The art team finds public domain images to add to the designed pages.
- The copy editing team reads and rereads the finished booklet before it is printed or published.
- The covers team creates the original artwork and determines the text for the front and back covers.
- The publisher team determines the order of the pages and creates the copyright, title, table of contents, and index pages.
- The audio team guides each student in the recording of his or her devotion for the audio version of the devotional book.
- The online submission team converts the devotions into a PDF format and submits them on the jcplayzone website.
- The marketing team can write a description of the final project to share with people who will use the book, such as the parents and teachers of the children. They can also determine what other groups may be interested in receiving copies of the devotional. They may seek funds from local families and for-profit companies to print the devotional booklets.
- The materials team can gather art materials, print hard copies, laminate covers, or bind the books (depending on the style of the publishing).
This lesson is the first part of the action stage of the service-learning process. Students are using their time and talent to create a product to enrich the faith and literacy skills of young children. They may also decide to seek funding for printing costs to share with more children.
Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
Standard VS 03. Providing Service
Benchmark MS.3 Describe the task and the student role.
Benchmark MS.4 Demonstrate the skills needed for the successful performance of the volunteer job.
Standard VS 04. Raising Private Resources
Benchmark MS.2 Develop a project budget.
Benchmark MS.4 Set a fund-raising goal and identify sources of private funds.