Introduction: I was first introduced to projects like this one at the Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute. To be totally honest, I was concerned about teaching this skill to my students, because I didn't know how to do custom animation. However, with a little help from my technology department, my students and I were fast learners!
Text: Willa Cather's O Pioneers!
Difficulty: Moderately difficult (Learning the technology skill set is the first hurdle; analyzing texts successfully is the next one)
Applications: You could use any descriptive English text for the basis of this project.
Sample Illuminated Texts: Below are links to some illuminated texts created by my students (on PowerPoint). Feel free to explore and use as examples in your own classroom!
Mark's project: DevliPioneers.ppt
Allen's project: KimPioneers.ppt
Note: This project was introduced to me by Joe Scotese. You can learn more about Joe at awaytoteach.net.
For this project, you will be creating a PowerPoint presentation illuminating the language of a passage from Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!. Your goal is to make the words themselves visually reflect the meaning of the text. Consider carefully who is doing what; for example, if "Marie picked it up"--it makes more sense to move up the word "it" than the word "up," since "it" is what is moving. Feel free to look at the samples to the left for inspiration!