If you haven't seen it, hitrecord.org is an
open collaborative production company, and this website is where we make things together. Writers, musicians, filmmakers, video editors, animators, illustrators, photographers, photo-shoppers... Wanna work with us? When one of our productions makes money, we split the profits 50/50 between the company and the contributing artists.They have some fun projects, and one of them is the Tiny Stories (my favorite example below). Basically, an image accompanied by a 1-3 sentence story that (in the best of them) surprises the reader, or makes the see things from a different perspective.
Working through the English and Language Departments, we're sponsoring a contest for students to write their own tiny story. To make it easier, they have the option to draw their own photo, take a photo, or find a photo on Flickr Creative Commons. (If I were doing this as an in-class project with my English class, it would be a great collaborative opportunity with the art teacher!)
We'll have three grade categories: 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12, the prize being our school water bottle (ridiculously expensive, but I cut a bulk deal with the student council!) . And I will, of course, talk to the students about finding creative commons photos.
Anyway, the handout for the teachers to use is below. Feel free to use and adapt! I also bought a couple copies of their book, which is great fun to read.
UPDATE: I should mention, our theme this year is Food for Thought. Thus, their story needs to be food-related, however they choose to interpret that!
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