Facebook Page History Assignment
Each student will complete a mock Facebook page based on the life of a monarch that is discussed in class. (Artists & writers discussed are also options) If done well this is worth a 150 points. Instructions, rubric and possible Facebook templates can be found in the links below. Make it neat, use artwork/pictures, use your imagination. Bonus points will be awarded for excellence and creativity.
Due Date is Monday November 2. Any work turned in after that day will be penalized for lateness.
Each student will choose one monarch or artist and must
- Research your monarch using at least the following four sources.
- Print source –book in library or reference book in library
- 3 internet sites of the student’s choice—NO WIKIPEDIA!
- You must take notes on the annotation pages and write a citation of the source in the correct MLA format.
- This annotated bibliography will be turned in with your facebook page.
- This MUST be neat and readable. You may type the page. Download one of the Facebook templates from the class website if needed.
- Create a mock FACEBOOK PAGE for that monarch including:
- Name, contact information (nationality/address)
- Objective statement (What your leader hopes to accomplish as a leader of this new nation)
- Information – background information about your candidate (date of birth/death, country, dates of reign, parents, spouse, children, etc.)
- Education / training (schools, military, religious, etc.)
- Work/Job Experience (positions of authority held/jobs)
- Accomplishments (Things your leader wants to stress in order to get hired. Make sure to list specific events and actions.)
- Failures (Things that might hurt your candidate. Note – this would not typically be stressed, but you might want to “spin” the failure to word it in a favorable way.)
- References (List the names and titles of at least two people that could be contacted about your leader’s ability to lead. These must be 2 actual historical people.)
- Don’t forget other FACEBOOK favorites – include a picture of your monarch, pictures of 3 people who would be your monarch’s friends with captions underneath identifying them, 5 Networks to which s/he would belong and write 2 status updates on your Wall—you can be funny or creative but the information must be accurate.
- Create a mock FACEBOOK PAGE for that monarch including:
Instructions and Template for Facebook Project Link
Facebook Template #1 Link
Facebook Template #2 Link
Facebook Template Powerpoint JFK sample- (can be printed from Powerpoint)
Classroom Tools-Fakebook (Have not tried it yet, May be useful)
Monarchs of Europe
Absolute Monarchs, Facebook
Facebook is the place that kids hang out after school. Heck, it’s the place many of them hang out during school. It is definitely a platform they are comfortable with communicating on. Why not use student enthusiasm for Facebook to generate learning opportunities in the classroom?
I have seen several classes in the past few weeks work on Facebook projects. Students love them. These projects appeal to students because it is communication at their level. What I like about the project is that creating a fake Facebook profile requires a great deal of higher level thinking. Students have to take information and transform it. This forces students to be very creative. A fake Facebook page is an excellent way to see if students understand the concept behind a book, character, historical figure or even a science concept.
Science might be a little harder, but imagine if students pretend that they are a part of a chemical reaction. They could create a profile for a certain compound and tell it’s part in the reaction through the wall posts. This might sound a bit crazy, but I think students would really get into it.
There are several different platforms for doing Facebook projects in the classroom. Here are some I have looked at in the past week:
Fakebook: This online app is the best I have seen. It is web-based and easy to use. Students fill in the blanks, upload pictures and write status updates for the different people on the wall. I have not yet used this app with students, but I plan on using it this week. Sometimes, when a bunch of students uses an app like this, we see how good it really works. I’ll be sure to let you know.
My Fake Wall (no longer functional) This is a cool template, much like Fakebook. I really like how it is set up. The app is web-based and allows students to build as big a page as they like. The one drawback is that it doesn’t seem to work consistently. I have used this with several classes now, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t which creates quite the headache if this is the plan for class on a particular day. That having been said, it is still worth a try because it is so much fun.
PowerPoint template: This page template opens in PowerPoint, but functions surprisingly as a Facebook page. Adding pictures and status text is quite easy without creating a mess of the page. This is a three-page template giving students quite a bit of creative license in a non-web based platform.
MS Word template: This template is a little harder to use and doesn’t look quite as good as the others, but it is another option. It does work in Word which is a plus if that is what students are used to using.
Classroom in the Cloud Facebook Project: This blog post has instructions, templates, and rubrics for a Facebook project using a template created with Photoshop. This looks like another great option depending on your goals for the project.
If anyone knows of other fake Facebook applications or ideas for using these templates, leave a link in the comments.
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Check out this blog post for more resources: The List: Social Media Project Template Sites.
March 2, update: See the blog post 2 more ways to make fake Facebook pages for additional links and resources.
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