I was greatly inspired by Agenius5's Digital stories, and I had a few deskwarming days, so I decided to whip this up. It was a great way for me to learn PowerPoint, and may have taken way longer to make than intended, haha.
Back in my college Japanese class, one of our final projects was to tell a Japanese folktale in Japanese, so I already had a few materials ready. I repurposed it to be told in English to use in my classes.
I made the character images for Issun-Boushi, Big Boushi, and the Princess myself, and pulled the rest of the imagery from https://www.irasutoya.com/
I wanted to include easy comprehension checks at certain points in the story to ensure that the students are following along with the story. The questions are easy, mostly for fun, and designed to build confidence. Issun-Boushi is a pretty popular folktale, so most students should already be familiar with it.
I designed this in mind for my 2nd year JHS students, and I might try with my 1st years as well if my JTE approves it.
Be sure to practice running through the animations a few times to get the timing right! Some of them are designed to play on their own, while others require a click to activate.
I decided not to add BGM or sound effects because all the animations were already making the presentation run slow, haha. I'll probably pull up a generic Japanese music playlist to play in the background on YouTube or something.
It's about 40 slides in total, with 4 comp check slides. Some difficult vocabulary has been translated, but students should already be familiar with most of the words in the story. I'll also try to upload the fonts I used because I wasn't sure if they were default or not.
Thanks guys for checking this out! I hope y'all enjoy, it was a lot of fun to make!
Edit: I made an extra worksheet with the comp questions and some matching activities to help further understanding. I've gone ahead and attached it to this activity!