The students had to read the chapters again and again to find the details they needed for their movies!


Each group had to summarize two chapters into 30 - 60 seconds of video.  They had to think hard to decide what scene was most important to tell the story!


Student groups worked together to make sure all of the movies created a cohesive summary of the book.  The character Little Man was used throughout the scenes so the students decided that one person would create the clay puppet and all of the groups would share so that Little Man looked the same in all of the scenes.


Students brought props from home to add details to their movies.


Students wrote a summary narration for each movie and recorded themselves reading this narration.  This was added in the video editing stage.


As students created their movies they also wrote "the making of" reports on the process. Read them here!

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
By: Mildred D. Taylor

Retold in Clay Animation
By: Mrs. Adamson's 4/5 Classroom
Mueller Elementary, Wichita, KS, 2002

See the Movies and read "The Making Of" reports!

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Chapters 1 & 2


Chapters 3 & 4


Chapters 5 & 6


Chapters 7 & 8


Chapters 9 & 10


Chapters 11 & 12


Last Update: 06/02/2003
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