Wordle.net is an interesting discovery. Aside from the fact that I was able to fuse together all the names of my students and our section Innovative, I also used it as a pre-reading activity for several chapters in the ancient civilizations unit.
What I intend to do here is for the class to collaborate on a project called ROTA: Return of the Ancients. This is a Public Awareness Campaign, wherein they will revive the Lost Ancient World for younger students to see.
As a product, they will create an exhibit of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Latin America, Greece, and Rome. Each team will be creating giant mindmaps that include headings such as geography, organization, and achievements. They will also have to show other graphic organizers such as problem-solution matrix, contributions matrix, Who’s Who?, gods and goddesses, and collection of speeches among others. This is supposed to teach them that understanding what they have read can be shown in visual maps and graphic organizers. These are student-friendly tools they all have to get familiar with.
Another group activity is the performance. Here they will have to choose one of the following debate, panel discussion, speech, drama or roleplay. Or they can choose any activity that require them to perform something.
Individually, they have to produce an essay related to the topic assigned to their team. It is a reflection essay on what they have learned from the activity, and from the exchange with the other teams.
On top of this, the students must be able to follow the principle of while-reading. They’ve got to highlight important details, outline or mindmap, or take down notes.
Sky is the limit to creativity because they cannot spend too much on the materials and they have to follow the principle of GREENOVATION.
By the way, from Wordle, I came up with a design for our section: