This post was written by Mrs. Montuori. I asked her to write down her reflections of allowing students to choose between a traditional written response, making a silent movie with the video cameras on their cellphones, goanimate.com or a poster, this is what she had to say...
Thanks Mrs. Montuori! I hope this will inspire more of you.
Junior honors English students read "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street," by Herman Melville, and after discussing the basics, such as plot, characterization, symbolism, students were asked to explain the last line of the story, which is "Ah Bartleby! Ah Humanity!" Usually, I have students generate a 250+-word written response but wanted to try something different (plus, it was due the Friday before April vacation...), so I gave the kids four options. These were:
- traditional written response
- silent movie (made with cellphones)
- visual interpretation / poster
- goanimate.com cartoons