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  • 1. Saving Samantha: Malaria, Prevention and Eradication
    A Wiki Based Lesson Plan
    Ellen RosnerFeig
    All images courtesy of and Malaria No More
  • 2. Synopsis of Lesson
    On a family trip to Malawi, your thirteen year old sister and twin, Sammie, becomes ill with fevers, chills, nausea and vomiting.  The doctors in the local emergency room have told your parents that Sammie is suffering from malaria and that she will need to be treated with medicine in order to get well.  Fearing for your other half, you are determined to find out everything you can about malaria including how to prevent and end it in order to help get Sammie well.
  • 3. Teacher Resources
    Teachers will need to:
    Set up a class page on Wikibooks and give students access (
    Set up a class project page on Wikiversity and give students access (
    Create a handout with rules on how to use both sites
    Create a grading rubric
  • 4. Goals of Lesson
    Project:To create a class “Malaria Handbook” online and offline that includes glossaryTo create a class blogTo create group PSAsTo create a school wide “Under the Nets” event
  • 5. Prior Skills/Knowledge Needed
    • Students should be able to use the Internet to access material including journal articles, news article and research
    • 6. Students should have basic concept of what a Wiki is, how to use one and the advantages and disadvantages of the resource
    • 7. Students should have the ability to engage in research; accordingly, all students should have received lessons in information literacy including how to access library resources, how to research, how to use MLA to cite and how to find proper resources
  • Questions to be Considered
    What is malaria? What are its symptoms? How
    serious is it?
    How is malaria contracted? Do all mosquitoes carry
    the disease?
    Why is malaria more prevalent in Africa? When did its
    prevalence end in America?
    How can malaria be prevented?
    What is the world doing to prevent the disease?
    What can I do to help stop the spread of malaria?
  • 8. Activities
    Identify areas of the world most affected by malaria and create a malaria map
    Understand the ways people contract malaria and write a prevention one-sheet
    Work Together in your groups to create a Public Service Announcement that showcases prevention tools including net
    Research and Create a malaria handbook for use in middle schools across the globe
    Research UN Millennium Development Goals and how the world is working towards them
    Use Technology to develop a class Wiki (using Weebly or Wikispaces) that includes a glossary of all terminology
    Design and Create a class blog that includes answers to all of the project questions
    Interview leaders in the area of prevention and eradication including staff at Malaria No More
    Plan an event that showcases the important role that nets can play
  • 9. Technology Resources
    Wikibooks at
    Wikiversity at
    Bergen Community College library online at
    Class blog page at
  • 10. Outcomes
    Students will be able to:
    Read and understand a variety of materials.2.   Read, select, and make use of relevant information from a variety ofmedia, reference, and technological sources.3.   Use data collection and analysis, statistics, and probability in problem-solving situations and communicate the reasoning used in solving these problems.4.   Use a variety of tools and techniques to measure, apply the results in problem-solving situations, and communicate the reasoning used in solving these problems.5.   Know and understand interrelationships among science, technology, and human activity and how they affect the world.6.   Understand that science involves a particular way of knowing and understand common connections among scientific disciplines.
  • 11. Advantages v. Disadvantages
    Students learn fundamental information literacy skills including research, analysis, citing
    All resources are free to use
    Concepts are easy and can be used in any discipline
    Learning curve for using a wiki can be high depending upon student
    Concern over ability of others to edit and change wiki information