Thursday, September 06, 2007
MySpace used in assessment
One of my Year 9 students has completed her assignment early on a novel she chose to read for the Independent Novel assignment. There were four parts to the assignment: some sections on the plot, the characters and themes of the novel. The final part of the assignment was to create either three MySpace pages for three of the characters or three business cards. This student created the MySpace pages on the novel For Maritsa with Love by UK author Enid Richemont. From a review of the novel: "An unusual and powerful novel that explores the dark underside of Paris’ beautiful façade; a moving and engrossing work about vulnerability and hope." I know others have chosen the MySpace option too, even though they have to do it at home as the site is blocked at my school. It was a bit of an experiment but I am very pleased with the results. The student chose a photo, a layout, friends, a song, an about me section, who I'd like to meet, comments from the friends, and interests. In order to do this well for the three characters, Rose, Maritsa and Paul, there has to be some engagement with the novel and some understanding character, plot and themes. I was pleased with this piece of work - I have yet to look at it with the rubrics to hans - and I think that when she has to write analytically about the novel in the exam (one of the choices students have) her understanding will be reflected in that form as well. No doubt I'll find out.