Monday, February 15, 2010

Technology Tasks for 8th Grade: 2/18 and W.B. Yeats

Today's technology inquiry will be centered on W.B. Yeats' work, "The Second Coming." Last night, you were asked to "envision" the poem. If you were to visualize the poem, how would it work? This is the playground in which you will be able to make your visions come to life.
1) Powerpoint- Create a Powerpoint Slide Show on the poem. The meaning, interpretation, thematic connections, and personal analysis. You can design it in any manner you wish. Your powerpoint should be at least ten slides emphasizing essential lines or verses.
2) Glog- Create a glog about how Yeats' work impacts you. Take it in as many directions as you want, but make sure your glog is centered on one thing: "The Second Coming" by W.B. Yeats. MAKE SURE YOU ARE SETTING UP YOUR GLOG AT GLOGSTER.EDU!
3) Wordle- Go to some sites which have featured commentary about the poem. For example, check this site out. Another interesting site with thoughts on the poem would be here. Another site with excellent references would be here. For another personalized view of the poem, click here. After reading some of the different commentaries about the poem, feed the information into the wordle engine at Design a wordle on it and discuss what you find interesting about what you have created. Do this with about three sites. Then, wordle the original poem, itself. Take a snapsot and include it and your thoughts on the wordles' interpretations of the poem in any form you wish.

4) Blog- If you have an existing blog, you could compose several entries. Different topics for blog entries could be centered on the the essential lines in the poem, the vision offered in the poem, how the poem fits into the development of American History so far, whether or not Yeats is right in not being able to fully embrace a vision of a redemptive future, or what the poem means to you on a personal level. If you don't have a blog yet, this could be a wonderful starting point for your first blog entry.
5) Wallwishers- Check out this link! Each sticky is a link to a video on Youtube that centers on the poem and an interpretation of it. After each, post your thoughts about the clip in a thoughtful, respectful, and manner that seeks to enhance the dialogue about Yeats' work. There are 12 altogether, so a sticky on each could get you closer to your digital portfolio completion.

This brings up a great closing point. With digital portfolios approaching and worth 500 points, let us consider using Yeats' poem as a way to continue our work on these assessments so that our understanding of this intense poem can be furthered through technology.
All best.
Mr. Kannan

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