Let’s Have Fun w/an Alternative Assessment on Twain

Let’s collectively get “shot” [see author’s notice at the start of the novel] and express visualy one or several aspects of this “secret” plot. We’ll each make one infographic that I will later collate in our academic pinterest. The board is all set. (http://www.pinterest.com/bill0353/ )

But let’s jump into academic project mode. Why are projects such a powerful and dynamic way to learn about a topic? Is it because we have fun designing and making this product? I recall vividly the model of The Spirit of St. Louis I made. I was forever an expert on Lindbergh in future history classes. Let’s apply this approach to what we have learned with Twain’s complext novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Why are infographics so good? Click here (http://www.pinterest.com/bill0353/ } to enjoy my poster collection for our digital classroom. I also made a Twain Board for us to store our future projects!

Since Mark Twain took great pains to hire and supervise Kemble’s illustrations, let’s agree that we will use his illustrations only. http://twain.lib.virginia.edu/huckfinn/huckpix/huckpix.html

Reflect on these various tools. Let’s also research infographic templates in Powerpoint and Keynote. Does anyone else have a suggestion for another tool to use?

http://www.storyboardthat.com

http://piktochart.com

http://vizualize.me

http://dirt.projectbamboo.org/categories/visualization?field_platform_value=All&field_cost_value=All&term_node_tid_depth=All&sort_by=title&sort_order=ASC

NR opened up the “New From Template” menu option in Microsoft Word and chose from flyers and broshures some good templates that will turn into good infographics. This is a visual literacy skill.

About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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