This assignment has been beaten into the ground but it’s still pretty cool. There are a lot of blank Facebook templates out there but I have found many of them lacking. So, I started designing my own (I hope I don’t get sued). This is a great assignment for students because they can relate to it and it gets you what you want.
If you want your students to really get into a character in history or in a novel, what better way than to have them create a Facebook profile/wall for that character. I have used the ReadWriteThink.org Profile Publisher and that can get you to where you want to go as well. However, in my opinion, it’s missing that Facebook look that the students can really identify with. A fellow social studies teacher at my school actually purchased several of the Farcebook.us posters and a packet of the blank ones for his students to fill out on historical characters. Again, I found the templates to include a lot of unnecessary information that seemed more filler than content.
So, I designed my own template that has a very Facebook-like look and feel and only includes the basics. It has a status update, place for a picture, five wall posts with five spots for a reply, information, friends, likes, and room for students to create ads.
Here are the links to the templates:
We are studying the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Each student was assigned a state and they had to select one of the delegates from that state and complete the profile. In a one-2-one environment the students print the document to OneNote and simply add the information, pictures, etc. In a non-one-2-one environment you could have them hand write the profile.
This could easily be used in any class including Math (with some extra creativity).