Here's a worksheet I developed for a very short timeframe workshop (3 hours) I did at the 2006 Girls Get Connected Conference at Simmons College (read more about it on my blog and even watch some of the stories). Because I was working with a group of middle school girls who were all deaf or severely hard of hearing (and I don't speak ASL), I created this workshop as an advanced object based story prompt. It gave the option to work in pairs, which only one pair of girls decided to do. The idea of the memory bowl was stolen from an MIT Media Lab Scratch project where an interactive animation played bits of audio narration when the user clicks on the objects in the bowl. I brought a bunch of different looking bowls (all that would photograph well against a plain table) and some sample items. It worked REALLY well, though, when the girls put items they had on them (in their bags, jewelry, school id's, etc) in the bowls and filled in the blanks of this workshop. I also used the attached blank storyboard worksheet, which also helped me communicate with the girls about what kinds of images they could create or photograph.
Here's the gist of the worksheet, but I'll attach it too so the formatting comes through:
Digital Storytelling Workshop
Memory Bowl Script Worksheet
Hey! My name is ________________ and I’m _____ years old.
And my name is ________________ and I’m _____ years old.
Let’s take a look into our memory bowl. __________ is going to go first.
[GIRL 1 Item 1]
The first item in our bowl is ______________________________. It’s _________________ to me because: ______________________________.
[GIRL 1 Item 2]
Next, another thing in the bowl is ______________________. Now, this one’s _________ to me because: ______________________________.
[GIRL 2 Item 1]
Now _____________! The first item in my bowl is ______________________________.
It’s _________________ to me because: ______________________________.
[GIRL 1 Item 2]
Finally, the thing in my bowl that’s mine is ___________________________. It’s ___________ to me because: ______________________________.
[Conclusion – you choose! Some suggestions are something you would like to be in your bowl in the future, what’s too big to fit in your bowl, but still important, or something that’s in your bowl that you DON’T want there in the future!]