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Alice on the Web

Project URL:
http://teachnet-lab.org/meisler/alice/alice.htm

How it works:
As students go online and read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Saw There by Lewis Carroll, they accumulate written responses and creative writing pieces that later become part of their own individual "Alice Books." They read and do the written assignments as part of their Humanities course. Chapters are read aloud in class and assigned for homework. There is always a written component to the homework and some written work is done in class as well. These assignments focus less on retelling of events and more on personal and creative responses.In-class discussions center around the author's sense of humor and his criticism of Victorian manners, and students are encouraged to apply some of the techniques of satire, puns, and parody to create their own episodes. They craft their own accordion "Alice Books" in Art class using the written responses and creative writing from their Humanities class, and the books are then digitally photographed and archived on the Internet.

Standards addressed:  
Students use analytical thinking skills, become familiar with how actions can demonstrate the personality traits of characters, and gain an understanding of how an author's point of view is reflected in a work of fiction. They make connections between what they read and aspects of their own lives as well as the world around them. They examine the language used to create humor and satire and they apply these to their own writing. In creating visual representations of the text, they find key details and evidence to show characters and plot.

Materials used: 
Required materials include computers with Internet access, a digital camera notebooks , glue , markers , scissors, and 8 1/2"  x 11" construction and white paper.

The students:
Alice on the Web is appropriate for 6th - 8th grade students at any level. 

Overall value:
This unit links reading, writing, and art through a work of literature that is accessible on the Internet. Students use their analytical skills in reading a text, writing creatively, and creating visuals. Humor is also seen as a well-crafted tool that students read and create on their own.

Tips: 
In addition to their books, students can create another visual representation of their reading experience for presentation to the class. They can make a diorama that depicts a scene or create a sculpture or 3-D representation of a character ; work together with one or two classmates to represent a scene with costumes and scenery ; or try making a handmade book such as a single-stitch book or a paper bag book.

   

About the teachers:
Meryl Meisler and Grace Raffaele are colleagues working with middle school students at the Institute for Collaborative Education in New York City. Meryl teaches Art and Grace teaches Humanities. They like to collaborate on units that involve both curricula.

E-mail:
mmeisl@nycboe.net
graceatice@nyc.rr.com


Subject Areas: 

English Language Arts  
Arts  
Technology

Grade Levels: 
6-8

 

 

 

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