Facebook – A New Twist on an Old Assignment

(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)








14 Responses to “Facebook – A New Twist on an Old Assignment”

  1. It’s great to see fresh, creative ideas that have never been done before

  2. Great insights. I loved reading this article.

  3. Adult students have much more to contentthan traditional college-aged students. They have the demands of jobs to contend with as well as the stresses of trying to find financial aid that will allow them to go to college.

  4. Will try this with The Scarlet Letter. Thanks for posting this and sharing with those who need a fresh idea. I love this idea and can’t wait to adapt it and try it out.

  5. That is awesome! I’m trying to figure out how to use it for a biology project (not using a scientist)

  6. I have an updated template that I recently made in Power Point here, if you’re interested:


    It might be a little simpler to manage than the Publisher template, too, since the latest version of the Internet Explorer browser doesn’t seem to want to play nice with Publisher web pages.

  7. Very creative idea, can’t wait to get started…

  8. Very creative idea.

  9. I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Is there a way to edit and work with the template? I was able to open it, but could not edit the site. Thanks again for this creative idea!

  10. I love this idea!! Thank you so much!!! Is there a way to open the template to use it in power point and edit the current info?

  11. I can’t wait to try this with my class. we just finished Frankenstein. Do you have a rubric for grading their completed assignment? I am in the process of tweaking one and will send it to you if you like. I know my class will enjoy this!! thanks for all your work on it!

  12. A rubric would be great! Thanks!

  13. Yes – just click the link for the ppt template and then download it from Google Docs (File > Download). If you are on Edmodo, I have the template uploaded there, too.

  14. I’ll email a copy to you – hopefully that will work. Sorry about that.

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