Jessica L. Speck teaches English at Winston Churchill High School, Potomac, MD
The example for this lesson was created for the character of Pompey from Measure for Measure, but it could be applied to any play.
What's On for Today and Why
Students will use multiple Web 2.0 applications to demonstrate understanding of a character from one of Shakespeare's plays. This assignment utilizes a number of existing free Web 2.0 applications that have grown rapidly for educational use in the last few years. It can easily be adapted to use fewer (or different) applications, but Glogster (an online interactive poster) does work as a good platform for any Web 2.0 apps your students use.
This assignment will take 3 class periods.
What You Need
Handout 1: Glogster Assignment
Handout 2: Technology Tips
Handout 3 : Rubric
Computer/Internet access with microphone and/or video camera connection
Handout 1 Glogster Assignment
Handout 2 Technology Tips
Handout 3 Rubric for Glogster
What To Do
1. Discuss the concept of a Glogster and look at some examples.
2. Distribute the Glogster assignment, Technology Tips and Rubric Handouts.
3. Walk through an example highlighting the elements you most want your students to include.
4. Assign students to groups for the scene collaboration part of the assignment based on their character choices.
5. Establish assignment due dates.
How Did It Go?
Did students demonstrate a deeper understanding of their chosen character through their choices of lines, costumes, video, etc. Did they find Glogsters easy to navigate? Did the students easily adapt to this form of technology? How did students interact with each other's work?
Try making Glogsters for other plays and other works of literature.
If you used this lesson, we would like to hear how it went and about any adaptations you made to suit the needs of YOUR students.