As part of my continuing retrospective . . . .
Being a big GI Joe fan growing up I made these file cards for my students. I moved to a more student-centered model later and built an Appleworks database1 so they could put in their own pictures and information.
Either way it was a fairly entertaining way to work with some fairly dull SOL information. We also used these cards to play a version of 20 questions. A student drew a card from the hat and the class asked yes or no questions to determine the individual. It took a fair amount of modeling to get them to ask good questions to narrow things down but it helped in the end. Although now it’s pretty clear to me I should have moved to smaller groups doing this once they got the hang of it. I did only have 12-14 students but this would be a big waste of time in a class of 30.
Lots of things I’d redo if I had the chance with these. The nicknames are semi-amusing but the stories are dry. They need more work. Additionally, the font now really bugs me and in general the layout is pretty crappy.
Conceptually though I still like the idea. Have students take information, condense it and apply it to a form of some sort with a strong style. It could have been baseball cards or Pokemon or Perez Hilton blog posts. Let your student choose. Identify the components of the form and the essential style elements and then make the product. Lots of good processing going on.
1 Anyone remember Appleworks? Anyone? I thought not.