Our webquest was intended for North Carolina students in eleventh grade English, which focuses on American Literature and authors. This project has specific objectives in conjunction with the NCSCOS objectives for English III. Since we are studying such an old piece of American literature, we thought it would be beneficial to take a modern look at the way we analyze it. While The Scarlet Letter contains some themes that may be considered outdated today, the idea of being ostracized by one’s peers is not a foreign one to most high school students. Through analyzing the text, the movie poster, and creating their own poster based upon their own theme, the students will have addressed Competency Goal 1 in the NCSCOS, "The learner will demonstrate increasing insight and reflection to print and non-print text through personal expression" The following objectives from the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for English III are a focus in this project:
1.01 Create memoirs that can give an audience a sense of how the past can be significant for the present
1.02 Reflect and respond expressively to texts
1.03 Demonstrate the ability to read, listen to and view a variety of increasingly complex print and non print expressive texts appropriate to grade level and course literary focus.
3.02 Select an issue or theme and take a stance on that issue by reflecting the viewpoint(s) of Americans of different times and places
Students are bombarded with different types of media every day, and need to be able to critically evaluate the media itself, and the messages and motives behind it. Through analyzing the literature and movie poster, and then creating their own media, students are not only exploring different themes of the literature, they are also becoming media literate, tackling a major Media Literacy Key Concept:
3. Media communicate values and ideology (The students must first pick a theme or value they want to represent, and then do so using only a movie poster)
4. Media forms are related to content (Students are asked to convey a theme using only a poster; this presents the challenge of conveying this message primarily through images and only using few words)
Students are also achieving some of the competency goals for the Information Skills Curriculum of the NC Standard Course of Study such as:
Competency Goal 1: The learner will EXPLORE sources and formats for reading, listening, and viewing purposes
Competency Goal 3: The learner will RELATE ideas and information to life experiences
As Millennials, our students excel in collaborative, group settings. Not only is it important for them to become proficient at working in a group setting, it is also vital for them to become proficient at evaluating and creating different types of media. This type of hands on creating also gives students a chance to use their own creative, artistic abilities to convey a message, rather than simply regurgitating the facts from the text. For this project, students are required to use critical thinking skills to come up with an idea that would be relative to a theme in today’s world.