Celebrity Punnett Squares
Well, not quite.
As you can see, the product ended up being more like New Math than a Punnet square but I liked the original title and have no idea what I’d call this post. Anyway, this idea would give students a totally different view of a character if you did it and it would show their understanding of the character (historical or literary) if they did it. Throw in some subtraction, squares or division and things could get a lot more complex. It certainly beats most character analysis/biographical sketches I’ve seen.
You can see the progression of my thoughts below.
You could have a lot of fun crossbreeding famous people to get literary or historical characters (or the other way round). And, yes, I do often wake up thinking about crossbreeding famous people for educational purposes.
As I looked up Punnet square information (it has been a while) I realized a few things. One, it isn’t spelled punnit square. Two, I’d forgotten that they were either really simple or fairly complex, at least for the limited use I wanted them for. So I scratched that idea but I still wanted to do something similar. That’s where the simplicity of New Math came in. I think it’s a pretty decent idea; not great, but pretty decent.
Part of the point here is I read, listen to, and watch a ton of odd things. Things totally and utterly unconnected with education as we know it. Many people would see that as a waste of time. I see it as research.