Edna Earney |
Here are sites my students constructed, and that I finally have time to post. They worked on these in groups of 1, 2, 3 or 4. They had the choice of creating a webpage or anything else following that concept. Had an actual tree (branch in a pot) brought in, with leaves of varying sizes hung on it as the students presented. Had a few power point presentations, some on computer, some on video. Had several creative videos. Had several poster presentations. But also had several web creations, some by students who had never worked online before, so I was happy.
Their job was to choose an AP prompt that applied to Wuthering Heights, "exhaustively" analyze a 2-3 page passage from the book that supported that prompt, then connect it to three other works they'd studied this year, and a particular critical approach (lit circles during WH had been divided by critical approach). They connected much more than the 4 requirements, as you'll see. The point was to "make them review" before the AP test, in a creative way.
The reigning comment following presentation was, "I thought making the connections would be hard, but once we started thinking, we had way more connections than we could get produced in time." Hurray! Now if I could just get them more tuned in to proofreading -- augh! Those typos!
They had two weeks from assignment date to presentation date. We finished the novel a couple of days after I made the assignment. My kids are notorious procrastinators. Most did these in less than a week, but I still contend that that *unused* week of "think time" is crucial -- their brains are working, even when their fingers aren't.
The only instruction I give them about webpage construction is, "There are sites that will help you with building a site. Some guide you, point and click style, with no necessary knowledge of html. Some students find that they learn bits and pieces of html as they do the site, and it helps them to do things that the 'template' won't allow. Dig in, dive in, try it. You can always present part webpage, part posters, if time gets the better of you."
I have little knowledge of webpage construction. My "class page" sits half finished from convention time last year. I simply hand them the project, encourage them, and some of them buy in.
Here are the sites, with my annotations:
students said this works best under Netscape, but I've tested this hotlink and it works for me. They used the template at homestead.
Charmaine and Jarrad had not worked on a webpage construction before, and they were so proud of themselves. Everytime a page came up, they would just smile and say, "it really worked!" They used the template, and learned some html, found some html as they went along.
used homebuilder basic, with Word (html) file. Jonathan found a site called concordance.com that provided "cut and paste" text that eliminated typing passages from the book.
one student on this team is quite adept at webpage building. The others in the group said they "learned tons" just by watching him. Used Frontpage, Microsoft
I just kept saying, "wow." And Jon decided to create a connected link from this site to his "Lifelines" project that counted as his final. Too cool. The hotlink above sometimes has trouble, but no trouble when I type the above address into the http address line.
had to say "wow" several times. These 3 students couldn't find time to say it all, and only one had extensive previous web experience
These students said they used geocities, but they advised to use html, not geobuilder. They said tripod.com gave them some fo the html, and they found a quote site on aol.com that they liked.
Mary, here's Phillip. This student used Dreamweaver and Homesite then uploaded onto geocities for publication. He connected to a site called Bibliomania that provided the "cut and paste" text to prevent extraneous typing time.
these students used Explorer to access. They used Frontpage Express, then loaded onto geocities. These students made my heart happy by connecting their work to art and music, a "multi-genre" project from earlier in the semester that Mary and I are taking to Denver (we hope - money, money, money).
These students explained what "frame style" means. They used notepad for html code. They included their found poems, and found English country homes that matched their ideas of the Heights and the Grange, as well as music to set the moods. sometimes have trouble with hotlink above. But it works when I type the above address into the http address line.
This student found out that aol only allowed three pages, or something like that, so she ended up creating a couple of sites to fit things in the way she wanted. MANY connections to other sites. "Blank spots" in the passage are actually word links to other pages. First one is "chains."