by Joli Moore, ETSU
This webquest is designed to help students understand the Islamic Revolution and the Iran/Iraq war as a whole before/during/after reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
My greatest hope of teaching is to provide a student-centered classroom in which the focus is the material that needs to be covered in ways the students will appreciate and comprehend the most. Two of my main objectives in teaching this particular lesson are technology in the classroom and researching appropriate websites. I think it is very important to integrate technology as much as possible in the classroom because our society is so technology driven. Students will be hard pressed to find a job that does not deal with some type of technology, and thus if we do not try to integrate it then we are not fully preparing them for life after our class and high school. Webquests are designed to facilitate learning through teacher designated websites. These websites provide a model for where to find research and why those sites are appropriate and accurate. A good side lesson for this assignment would be ?What to Look for in a Good/Appropriate/Accurate Website.? PowerPoint is also a valuable tool to teach and/or use in the classroom. Students are asked to do this in higher level classes and they need to understand how to use them in an English Literature capacity. Another alternate lesson would be ?How to create a PowerPoint.? Most students are learning these skills in junior high, but it is still helpful to give them a handout outlining how to do basic tasks in Powerpoint.
The assignment itself is designed to only span two to three days in my classroom. I understand that it might be harder at some schools that might not have many computers in the classroom or a computer lab. To teachers who have this problem, I understand. This lesson could be taught using books as well. So if you can gather other materials for your students to research from this lesson can still work. Instead of using a PowerPoint the students could make posters or possibly use the overhead projector if that is possible. Yes, the assignment might span more that the time I have allotted, but it would benefit that students in ways that a normal lecture would not such as allowing the students to engage in teamwork and research.
I decided to make this a group assignment because I do not plan on teaching this graphic novel more than 3 or 4 weeks. I felt that having my students research and teach the background which includes history and culture would provide an engaging way for the students to learn from one another and to avoid the usual history lecture. Some teachers stray away from group work because it is sometimes harder to grade than individual work. I agree with the difficulty of grading, but I feel that it is very important as teachers to facilitate teamwork. Grading wise, I intend to have the students rank their fellow group members, but to also go group to group while they are working to see if everyone is helping. It is not enough to simply let students get to work and rank themselves, because then as the teacher you are not fully doing your job. The individual students? work will also be apparent when they do their part of the teaching. When explaining the assignment it is important to stress that each student must have a speaking part when showing their PowerPoint to the class. If this point is not stressed, the students will only allocate one or two group members to do all of the speaking.
Access to the computers
I presented this webquest before a class of my peers and colleagues before publishing, and I faced a good question: when should the background or history of a book be taught? I created this webquest with the conception that the background of a book or novel should be taught before the students read the material. After being faced with this question, however, I found that my answer changed. Most of the time, a student?s reaction to the book is based on their preconceived notion of the material. After hearing from my peers and colleagues, I do not want to alter that innate reaction that my students are bound to have when reading
In addition to these teaching aides, I found a plethora of pictures of the Islamic Revolution and the war between
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