Software Used: iBook (in iPhoto)
Subject and Grade Level: any, but I use it in 9-12 English
Intergrated Subject Areas Also Covered: Can be adapted for History if you have a student create a scrapbook from a historical person’s perspective or scrapbook a certain historical event.
Standards: 12.1.1, 12.2.1, 12.2.2, 12.2.3, 12.2.4, 12.3.1, 12.3.2
Suggestions: I allow students to create character scrapbooks, but this is a more economical way for students that aren’t able to spend the money on a minor project. It also allows students to show more than one type of artistic ability because they may have an eye for layout without having the ability to draw, etc.
Materials needed: Students need Internet access, but no actual materials are needed because I just have them present it in class with the overhead rather than a hard copy.
Lesson Plans/Directions: I usually have a quick mini-lesson the first time students use iBook. I refresh them on putting the pictures that they find on the Internet in iPhoto first and then in the iBook (or iMovie, etc.) Most students use the templates available and do the tweaking that allows the character’s scrapbook to be personalized. I also show them some examples of real scrapbooks to remind them to include dates and one or two sentence summaries to remind them what the character was doing at the time. Some students use pictures from various movies, but I also encourage them to use clip art, symbolic representations, and souvenirs that a character may have picked up. For example, Ralph may have chosen to save his plane ticket or school emblem in Lord of the Flies.