(If you just want the template…scroll to the bottom of the post!)
If I had a nickel for each time over the past couple of years a student asked me, “Do you have a facebook?” or “Do you have a MySpace?” I could retire. Okay, so maybe I couldn’t actually retire, but I could afford that really cute pair of Jimmy Choos I saw last week.
What does that have to do with putting a new twist on an old assignment? Well, what if, say, Edgar Allan Poe had a facebook account? What would it look like? Who would be on his friends list – or on his blocked list? What would he say to his friends – and what would they say back to him? Of which groups would he be a member? What would he say in notes he might post about his life? What events would he list on his site? How about a facebook account belonging to Emily Dickenson? Or Charles Dickens? Then there are the literary characters - like Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Or, how about Ebeneezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol? Or Pony Boy from The Outsiders? Or Celie from The Color Purple? Or Jacob Black from Twilight? The possibilities are endless – and why limit them to literature? The site could be for a historical figure, a famous scientist, or even a character in a story students are writing to satisfy a creative writing assignment. And let’s not forget foreign language classes - how about a site done in French, Latin, or Spanish!
Well, I don’t know about you, but we can’t access facebook from school – not that I am saying we should be able to – but what if my students could create a faux facebook website for an author or a literary character? All of the computers at school have
MS Publisher MS Power Point and projects can be viewed without being published online. Hmm…completing a faux facebook site could serve as a non-traditional research assignment. And it would allow for much more creativity than a research paper.
Okay, okay…I am getting to the point! Here it is – I have created a sample
“fictionbook” “fauxbook” website in MS Publisher 2007 MS Power Point that students can use as a template.
Well, I think I have done enough rambling…click below for the template. Have fun!
Fictionbook Template (Publisher)
Fauxbook Power Point Template (*New – MS Power Point)