The Memory Box


The idea for The Memory Box assignment comes from a book written by Mary Bahr and illustrated by David Cunningham. In this bitter sweet story, a grandfather and grandson collect artifacts to help grandfather, who is afflicted with Alzheimer's, remember the important events of his life. This book is one of the titles on the "Stories within Stories" bibliography.

For this project you will collect a few artifacts and put them into a box, basket, or container of some kind. Each of the artifacts must be associated with a personal or family story (or two). This is what the introduction to your story might sound like:

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You can also view this video introduction (1.35 minutes) with close captions on YouTube: Memory Box Introduction.

Then, you will select one of these artifacts around which you will develop a two- to five-minute (tops) story. You will use a Web 2.0 tool to create a story map. See the example using Popplet: http://popplet.com/app/#/613222

You can view the Popplet as a .pdf file here.

You will share an introduction (the contents of your memory box) and tell ONE story to one classmate. You and your partner will share via Skype, iPad Facetime, Wimba Classroom, phone or other communication tool. You will ask your listener for feedback. Then you will revise your story, record it, and upload it to the Web where it is freely available (as long as your audience has the link).

You will link your story map and your final story to your Memory Box wiki page.

Here's a Memory Box story, "Little Bobbie Gene," as told by Judi Moreillon.


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You can also view this video story (5.58 minutes) with close captions on YouTube: http://youtu.be/K6SUiWtKhm8