Student Multigenre Web Projects:
Exploring Local History
| What is this project about? | What will our project look like? | Hypertext | How long will we have? | How do we work on one site? | How will we choose our topic/interview subject? | How can we prepare for our interview? | How are we to conduct our research? | Avoiding plagiarism | Above and Beyond | Project Specifics | Oral Presentation |
|What is this
The living history project begins when teams of two students start to explore their interests in a particular period in history. What they learn from their Internet and print source research gets them started, giving them a foundation of knowledge. It is then that students get a more personal view of history through their interview of a person who lived that time and that experience. The students' research combined with their interview will give them a fuller understanding of their historical topic. It is then that the students move from being researchers to being writers. As writers, they must decide how they will tell the story that only they can tell. By using a multigenre approach, the writers will have creative control over the process, and publishing on the web means the students will be able to proudly share their work with everyone involved as well as anyone else interested in their story.
The living history multigenre web project incorporates two main sources of information:
What will our project look like when we are done?
Your project will be published in your web site and will have the following components:
Aesthetically, your web design should fit the tone of the subject you are presenting. Always remember to keep your readers in mind as you design your web site. Readability is a major consideration. Choose color schemes that improve or enhance readability. Choose web safe fonts. Navigation is important too, and you must make sure all your links work.
Click here for help in setting up each page.
This project is a web project and should, therefore, use the benefits of the web. A minimum of ten in-text hyperlinks must be included in your web site. You may not include those that may occur in your annotated bibliography. Also, you may not link to the same site more than once.
An in-text hyperlink is like those in this document. You highlight a word or phrase in the text and create a link to a relevant site that you believe will add to your reader's understanding of your text. The "rule" for number of words to highlight per link is 1-3 words.
How long will we have to finish this project?
From start to finish, you will have six weeks. In that time period, there are many benchmarks (deadlines) for you to meet. There should be enough time to do everything well. The link to your teacher's calendar is below.
How will we both work on one web site?
Choose one person who will house your site. As you work, you will always do your Web work there. The other person will make a link to that site in his/her own site. (Sheboygan Falls students will put the link on their webfolio page). When the project is completed, students can have a copy of the project saved on a CD if they wish.
All of the work, web and non-web, will need to be shared equally. In general, it is a good idea to collaborate instead of divide the work. The final product will be evidence of the team's effort and seriousness of purpose. At the end, you are both expected to be experts on your topic. SFHS students will be presenting their project to their peers in their class.
DO NOT give out your password!
How will we choose our topic and our interview subject?
You should consider the following:
How can we prepare for our interview?
What are the topics that we can choose from?
The list is divided into decades, each with relevant sub topics. Click here to see topics.
How are we to conduct our research?
Plagiarism is a serious offense. Students caught plagiarizing run the risk of earning no credit for their work. Be sure you know your teacher's policy on plagiarism.
Above and beyond:
For students who have met the minimum requirements for this project and want to add more to their project in order to make it more complete, consider adding these to your web:
Anything that is added to your site must be integrated into the project and explained fully. In other words, you cannot simply plop in a picture. Who is in the picture? What's going on? Why is the picture a good addition to your web project?
Any photos or other documents used in creating various genre pages are not eligible for extra credit.
And remember, any extras are added on top of the minimum requirements. No one is required to add extra elements to the project.
© 2004 Pat Schulze and Dawn Hogue