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cmbriola on 2010-11-12Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante.
I have created a very successful lesson/activity around this painting.
The details are as follows. This window has this year's assignment. The next reply has the previous years.
WHAP Review Activity: The Twittering Masses
Review activity (mostly 1914- and East Asia)
Description – I previously set up 103 discussions on turnitin.com for this lesson so they post into that person’s discussion board and all replies are kept under the initial post. This year they posted on our classes Ning.com in the discussion forum.
Grading is also difficult – Since not every one will have the same amount of replies – people are more likely to write to Hitler than Cui Jian for instance. So, I am grading the posts holistically out of 10 (I often only have 100-200 points in a quarter, so for instance a test might only be worth 40 points).
I have students use a heading that states who [character] is tweeting what topic they are focusing on and who they are writing to.
I would be interested in feedback or improvements people think they can make on this lesson – should I use Moodle, [Again, I have switched to Ning.com] etc.? Many thanks.
And you can add or subtract people as you wish, so we have actually added Marcus Garvey, Jomo Kenyatta, Stephen Biko, and Emiliano Zapata to our role play and taken the painters (of this painting) out of the role play –
Write up for students:
Go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1162771/The-Internet-sensation-dinner-party-painting-103-historical-guests--spot.html#comments to see who all these individuals are, in color.
You will imagine that each of the historical actors above has access to twitter, the expanded edition, 140 words as compared to 140 characters, to communicate to the other guests present.
You will choose six of them (from my list below – my list is the final list – some people pictured have been replaced) to role-play in the “Twittering Masses.”
As your historical
See previous post for advice.
This is how I set it up the first two years without specific WHAP content or themes:
You will imagine that each of the historical actors above has access to twitter, the expanded edition, to communicate to the other guests present.
You will choose up to four (at least three) of them to role play in the “Twittering Masses” role play.
As your historical person, during the Twittering Masses role play you will write, “tweet,” at least four other persons. Two of the people should be in close proximity to you based on the painting above. Another tweet should go to the person you feel closest to (not by proximity) at the party – this could be based on ideology (MLK Jr. and Gandhi), background (Tagore and Gandhi), lifestyle (Gandhi and Mother Theresa), etc. Explain in your tweet why you are writing them. The other tweet should go to the person you see as most opposed, or farthest from you – Gandhi and Hitler or Gandhi and Gates or Gandhi and Churchill – in this tweet you should either try to bridge the gap between your differences or explain why the person is wrong in their beliefs.
If you have only three guests – you will need to make 5 initial tweets.
You will respond to each initial tweet. Then who knows . . .
All tweets should have some connection to WHAP content or themes. You may want to comment on the surroundings or other guests . . .
I would love comments as to the posts above.
Something similar I do is written up here: