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Beowulf Project. Jack Walsh Anderson High School. My name is Jack Walsh and I teach 12th grade English at Anderson Union High School. My web site is http://ctap295.ctaponline.org/~jwalsh/ My e-mail is jwalsh@anderson.k12.ca.us This 12th Grade English lesson (standard 2.5) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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BeowulfBeowulf Project
Jack Walsh
My name is Jack Walsh and I teach 12th grade
English at Anderson Union High School.
My web site is http://ctap295.ctaponline.org/~jwalsh/
My e-mail is jwalsh@anderson.k12.ca.us
power point slides related to Beowulf or Hamlet.
FINAL PRESENTATION
Expectations
To work with gifted professionals
Create a lesson I could use in the classroom
Practice Excel & Power Point
Outcomes
How to FTP until I got all tingly inside
Downloading and Uploading techniques
FINAL PRESENTATION
Successes
I was able to provide instruction and feed-
back as students built their projects
Students were very enthusiastic about the Beowulf Project when I presented it in class. Many hadn’t used computers that much, which shocked me, so they were able to use computers while learning.
Students were more productive and serious about the work they produced and showed more creativity than on normal assignments. Some produced very limited Power Point presentations, but many others produced Power Points that were very clever and unique. For example, one student added rap songs and popular songs with each slide. Part of the music would play and it grabbed everybody’s attention. Another small group of students presented a small video trailer they made which was very professional looking for a modern adaptation of Beowulf meeting Star Wars. About half-way through production, they decided that Hamlet was a better subject for a Star Wars face off and changed their movie trailer. They spent long hours editing after long hours shooting.
Especially with the Power Point project which were done in the computer during class for the most part, I was able to provide instruction and feedback as we went along. One thing that I did which helped students get ideas, was copy slides from everybody’s Power Point in progress, then I projected them over the large screen. Students got ideas from them, plus asked questions how to do something the saw. I asked kids to go to the screen and teach the class those techniques like how to add music to a slide or even animate a title to fly in from the side or bottom.
FINAL PRESENTATION
Successes Continued
Other 12th Grade teacher able to use project
Since the Language Arts Standards for 12th grade call for a multimedia project, this was an excellent project to meet those guidelines. Also, the projects involved several forms of writing as well as presentation skills, so more than one Language Arts Standard was met.
Every six years WASC rolls into town and unfolds their multi-colored tents and starts reading palms, and teachers are always asked to submit to WASC evidence they are meeting Standards and teaching kids something besides rote memory skills and the basil reader. These student projects will suit beautifully for WASC visitation. I’ll probably use the color printer and print off many of the best slide shows and also have the shows running as a loop if the WASC people want to see them.
Finally, another success for this project is that now Mr. Nelson, who teachers some of the same classes I have, will be able to use the Beowulf project in two ways: 1) he might simply use some of the Power Point presentations that students made or the short videos as a supplement to his lectures about Beowulf and this period of literary history. 2) He can have his classes do the project as an activity during this unit in his class.
FINAL PRESENTATION
Shortcomings
Lack of student knowledge of Power Point
Students research skills limited
Lab not always available
The class period length of fifty-three minutes was often not enough time for students to complete their projects. Although some students have computers at home and were able to continue there, and some stayed after school, many students only worked in class and so the projects took lots of days. This is one area---projects---that the earlier proposed block schedule is great. Another idea might be combine classes like History and English and use both periods to work on projects.
We have nothing in place yet to assure that all students learn Power Point by their Senior year. This was a shortcoming since much time was spent teaching the application program before we could do the project research and design.
Plus, student research skills, especially electronic research skills, were very limited. For several students, this was their first time on the internet! Sadly enough, for many this was their first real research project they had ever done.
Much of the class scope was donated to projects and some of the literature, which also takes chunks of time to do, was pushed back. It made me really consider exactly what I wanted kids to learn.
The lab is being used more and more which is good, but there is a developing competition for time in there. Laptops in classroom would be a better solution probably.
FINAL PRESENTATION
Student Data
Students improved after I reworked the web site to include
crucial information about vocabulary. Some students did not
improve because they might possess low self-esteem.
Grades
Students
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After adding “think sheets”
Improvement by Post Test
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Students
Revisions
did not do as well as I thought
they would. I decided to
revise the rubric and that
helped a lot, but students
did not achieve at mastery
level as I had expected.
I reworked the rubric and added some vocabulary definitions.
Then I rewrote the pre and post tests.
Chart2
Cretaro
Cretaro
Cretaro
Cretaro
Fish
Fish
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Fish
Gilstrap
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Gregory
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Harvin
Harvin
Harvin
Harvin
Jackson
Jackson
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Jackson
Justi
Justi
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Justi
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Gilstrap
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Gregory
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Harvin
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Jackson
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2.5
Justi
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Kathmon
3.8
4
Kibler
3
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Lawson
4
4
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Summary
This project helped me see how students might process
information as they gather it from the web. We are becoming
information gatherers and web projects are a good start
opening the Internet to our students. I would further like
to explore the use of streaming video on a web site, placing
min-lessons for students who are sick or otherwise unable
to attend the lesson in class that day.
FINAL PRESENTATION
Student Presentation
FINAL PRESENTATION
Student Work
Student Work
FINAL PRESENTATION
Thank
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