I’ve talked about facebook in the classroom before, as a way to provide funny snipets of history from historical figures. I wanted to try to find a way to integrate the social media that students (and myself!) use on an almost every day basis into the classroom as a teaching/learning tool.
As an optional extra credit homework assignment (full assignment and rubric available here) I challenged students to think creatively as an historical figure. Their assignment was:
1. Chose a historical figure that we have studied or a person from one of the civilizations we have covered in this class.
2. Create a profile page for this character.
3. The next page has a checklist of all the information that must be included. Use this sheet to complete your research before you begin constructing the page and finding pictures. Make sure you check off each item as you do it to get full credit!
4. This page does not literally have to be an online account. You can produce a mock-up through Word, Photoshop, Powerpoint, or with magic markers or colored pencils depending on your level of creativity.
- Templates are available at:
- Chose the one you like best, but make sure you can print it in its entirety to turn in! Download the forms and fill in with your own information.
5. This assignment does require research. You may use your textbook or other academic books. You may go online to find information, but please remember that WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A VALID SOURCE. NEITHER ARE NON-ACADEMIC WEBPAGES. If you are unclear on what an “academic webpage” is email me. Use websites with .edu or.gov for valid information.
6. You must, as always, properly cite your sources and include a works cited page. I prefer footnotes for this assignment since it needs to be aesthetically pleasing. Since this assignment requires more research I expect your citations to be correct. If you have questions, email me or visit the writing center.
7. To get full credit you must have information for every category listed below. This may require you to be creative but also be historically accurate.
8. Extra extra credit (1 point each):
- Prepare a presentation for the class on your historical figure, your page, and your process of creating this page for an extra point.
- Create an actual facebook page published using the information you have compiled here.
She also talks about running off to learn Egyptian language and culture to try to gain respect of Egyptians. Her favorite music includes the sistrum and Walk Like an Egyptian, and she enjoys watching the Style network. And for any Cleopatra stalkers, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Her political view is divine rule, and she included several pictures of herself on her facebook page. She included photos from Egyptian papyrus, Renaissance paintings, 1920s film, Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, Kim Kardashian as Cleopatra, Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra, and also a Greek bust and a coin that may show the “real” Cleopatra. Another album was also posted of herself and her Ptolemy family members.
Have any of you used Facebook in the classroom, or other social media? How can it be used effectively? I encourage you to try this with your students either as an extra credit assignment or as an alternative homework assignment. I believe in my future classes it will be a very beneficial learning tool.