Can the students identify a character’s purpose and importance in “The Odyssey”?
Through this project, I hope students will be able to identify how and why the character was important to the epic. I want them to know the history of the character as well because that sometimes ties in with why the character was in the epic and what its purpose was. All in all, this project will address my question through researching and taking on the part of the character through the scripting.
Students will be able to create a project that focuses on them doing the work rather than me doing everything for them. Yes, I will help them, but they will need to figure out how to navigate the Web 2.0 tool and decide what information deems important and should be included in the project. This project will be mostly student centered.
Students will be able to work on the project and complete it with little help from me.
I will be the facilitator that will tell them what I expect at the beginning of the project and will walk around and monitor and jump in if there are major problems, however, the students need to work together and figure things out on their own or with help from their peers.
Students will be able to use higher-order thinking skills to complete this project. They will need to research and find the history of the character they choose, but then they need to take that information and based on it, figure out the purpose and importance the character had to the epic. Why was the character important? Why did the character need to be in the epic?
Students will be able to collaborate with peers throughout the project. They can ask their peers for help and advice.
Also, they will be required to share their project with a peer first, then the class. Furthermore, the project will be saved on that website under their class period, so the projects can be seen from anywhere and could be shown to other classes or even the school.
Students will be assessed based on their performance rather than a test.
Students will have a traditional test at the end of this unit; however, they will not be tested on the characters because they will be completing this project instead.
Multiple Sources of Information Including Technology
Students will be able to use multiple sources of information, including technology. Not only will they use computers and the Web 2.0 tool, www.blabberize.com , to complete this project, but they will also need to use their books, websites that specialize in Greek mythology, and their peers.
Students will be able to use technology as it will be fully integrated into the classroom. I use technology almost daily in my classroom, so the students will already be familiar with it and will already know that I introduce a Web 2.0 tool to them and then they must figure out the rest.
Using a Variety of Information to Complete Authentic Projects
Students will be able to use a variety of types of information to complete authentic projects. The students will need to use Google images to find pictures of the characters first.
They will then research and use the information they find on that character to write a script. They will also need to use information they know from reading the epic to complete the project. They will be using information about the history of the character as well as the purpose and importance it had to the epic.
Students Acting as Professionals in the Discipline
Students will be able to act as a professional in the discipline. When they present their project to the class, they will be talking as if they are the character and thus, be confident that what they are saying is 100% true. They will be experts in the discipline and be teaching the class.
With the incorporation of this project, I plan to accomplish many tasks. First, my students will become familiar with a Web 2.0 tool that will be new to them at first. They will be continuing their quest to becoming technology savvy.
Also, they will use their researching skills to find information on the history of the character. Based on the history, they will have to inquire why the character is important and what its purpose was in the epic. Many of the characters’ descriptions have a direct correlation as to why they were in the story and had the purpose they did.
For this project, I plan to group the students by partners to begin. They will work with someone to help each other figure out the Web 2.0 tool and to help each other research and find pictures. Once they are finished, I will put them into groups of 4 or 5 so they can share their projects with a small group or students before having to share it with the entire class. This way, they can get feedback (positive and/or negative) and make any changes they would like before they present to the class.
Authentic teaching will definitely take place because the students will be using technology which will prepare them better for the 21st Century workplace. Also, they will be completing a project that will push them to use higher-order thinking skills and thus, help them remember and internalize the information, rather than memorize and regurgitate it on a test.
This project will be scored on six domains – script, picture of character, history of character, purpose of character, presentation length, and voice. Each category will be worth six points, and I will double whatever the student earns to make the project worth 72 points total.
Teacher Comments: Teacher: Miss Bollinger Name: ________________________ Title of Work: Odyssey Project Date Submitted: ____________ Points Criteria ____ Total-- ____ Consistently uses a monotone voice. Displays some level of inflection throughout delivery. Satisfactory use of inflection, but does not consistently use fluid speech. Use of fluid speech and inflection maintains the interest of the audience. Voice ____ Less than 1:29 1:00-1:29 1:30-1:59 2:00 minutes or longer Presentation Length ____ Purpose of character is not explained. Purpose of character is explained minimally. Purposed of character is explained somewhat. Purpose of character is explained in great detail. Purpose of Character ____ History of character is not explained. History of character is explained minimally. History of character is explained somewhat. History of character is explained in great detail. History of Character ____ No picture or picture is incorrect. Picture is too small to be seen. Picture of character is present, but not relevant. Picture of character is present and relevant. Picture of Character ____ No script turned in. Script not typed. Does not include history or purpose of character. Script is typed and includes either history or purpose, not both. Script is typed and includes history and purpose of character. Script 0 2 4 6
A. Write with a sharp, distinct focus. • Identify topic, task and audience. • Establish and maintain a single point of view.
B. Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic. • Gather, determine validity and reliability of, analyze and organize information. • Employ the most effective format for purpose and audience. • Write fully developed paragraphs that have details and information specific to the topic and relevant to the focus.
C. Write with controlled and/or subtle organization. • Sustain a logical order throughout the piece. • Include an effective introduction and conclusion
E. Revise writing to improve style, word choice, sentence variety and subtlety of meaning after rethinking how questions of purpose, audience and genre have been addressed.
F. Edit writing using the conventions of language. • Spell all words correctly. • Use capital letters correctly. • Punctuate correctly (periods, exclamation points, question marks, commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, parentheses, hyphens, brackets, ellipses). • Use nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections properly.
C. Speak using skills appropriate to formal speech situations. • Use a variety of sentence structures to add interest to a presentation. • Pace the presentation according to audience and purpose. • Adjust stress, volume, and inflection to provide emphasis to ideas or to influence the audience.
F. Use media for learning purposes. • Use various forms of media to elicit information, to make a student presentation and to complete class assignments and projects. • Evaluate the role of media in focusing attention.
I hope that by the end of this project, I will be able to see that students understand the importance and purpose of the characters better because that essentially will help them understand the epic better. I do not want them to just know the characters’ descriptions, but to look deeper and see what else there is to know about the character and its relationship to the epic.