Autobiographical Profile: The first lesson idea was to have students create an autobiographical Facebook-like profile of themselves. As this project was scheduled for early September, I wanted to focus on a tool that did not require logins or the ability to have profiles post or comment to other students’ walls. My first thought was Read Write Think’s Profile Publisher. The tool is free and allows you to create a profile for yourself or a fictional character highlighting a favorite song, quote, about me, latest blog entry, and favorites/interests. The interactive tool doesn’t require a login and is very easy to use. The end product is a printed page. The main downside is that students would have to hand draw their profile pic or copy and paste one on the sheet.
Literary Character Profile: Once the students were familiar with the tool(s), they could create a Facebook-like profile for a literary character from a fictional story. If teachers would like to have students simulate the online discussion feed, they could have students create a static profile with one of the tools above and use Todays Meet for the actual debate or discussion.
View Fullscreen |I created a sample with Ophelia: http://www.classtools.net/fb/28/PDQ4DW.
MyFakewall might be a bit more robust but will require logins. As it is still in beta, students may also experience some glitchyness.
Fakebook profiles aren’t just for English: Consider using them across the curriculum:
- Science: create profile for an element and how he/she interacts with other elements and or electricity, how scientists explain their theorems or laws, how animals/organisms in a certain biome or food web interact (ala Diary of a Worm), or even write from the perspective of a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, tsunami, etc…)
- Math: discuss how angles and polygons relate or a create a Sir Cumference like saga
- History: create profiles for a historical group, figure (Queen Elizabeth), or amendment
- Geography: create a profile page for a state, country, monument, or museum artifacts (ala Night at the Musuem)
- ELAR: Aphrodite, Macbeth, or consider writing from the perspective of an inanimate object (perfect for personification)
- Teaching Tool: Consider using it instead of a PPT to disseminate information (see Josef Stalin example) or to have students analyze.
- RAFTS also provide a great starting place for choosing a role for your profile. (RAFTS generator for Math, Science, or Social Studies).