In this research project, students learn about literature in a new way by searching the web for information about books and authors. When they’ve completed the scavenger hunt, students publish their findings in an interactive slide show.
If the phrase "classic literature" makes you think of dusty old books, think again. How about word-searchable websites? Hypertext? Electronic library? Now that classics have been brought into the digital age, they are even more accessible, and you can interact with them in new ways.
In this activity, you and one other classmate will team up in a literary scavenger hunt of English classics on the web. You'll have just one hour to do your research, using the list of questions I will give you and your teammate. You will have just one more hour to create an interactive slide show in Office PowerPoint based on your research. Then you'll present it to the class. Once we’ve seen all of the presentations, we'll vote for the best presentations in terms of content, design, and overall quality.
Follow the steps below to guide your students through this lesson plan. See student handout links at right.
Scavenger hunt list. Before this lesson, develop a list of questions for the scavenger hunt. Sample questions are provided below. You can modify this list to reflect your particular curriculum. If you do so, here are a few guidelines for writing the questions.
Here are some sample questions for the hunt.
Preview the following websites and add any that you think might help your students locate information quickly:
Have students show their presentations to the class and take a vote on the winning teams in the following categories: Best Overall, Most Informative, and Best Design.
Assess the students on the following:
Have students imagine themselves writing their first novel. Would they rather be an author now or before the Internet existed? Why? What would some of the differences be? How did authors do research for their books before the Internet?
Ask students to think about classic authors they’ve already read. If they could have one of those authors transported to the present to write a daily blog, who would it be? What would a typical post be about?