The "Alice Project"

A 10th Grade Honors English Tour of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Vision October 29, 2009

The Vision behind “The Alice Project”:

On-Going Class Dynamic:

  • Treat the team element of the project in a professional & fair manner
  • Allow student ‘editor’ and ‘contributor’ status to rotate week-to-week (to allow for a true ‘servant-leader’ role to emerge)
  • Work successfully as a team, playing to each individual’s strengths (rather than weaknesses)
  • Contribute confidently / appropriately as an individual ‘contributor’; assist the ‘editor’ in maintaining the integrity of the project

Academic Analysis | Research:

  • Carefully read The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition on 3 levels: student / researcher / literary critic
  • ‘Engage’ the text through written reactions (via blog entries and comments on fellow classmates’ blog entries)
  • Showcase quality written analysis of Lewis Carrol’s classic text (and all related research)
  • Provide — when necessary / appropriate — related research and links to support knowledge-acquisition by visitors to the web site

Emerging Technology Utilization:

  • Maintain & develop an academic web site (aka ‘the blog’) with Mr. Long’s help
  • Develop an on-going (and carefully edited / maintained) digital portfolio of individuals and our collective discoveries re: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland via a careful consideration of The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition
  • Demonstrate a successful use of a variety of web 2.0 collaborative tools as story-telling / presentation catalysts

Culminating Public Display of Knowledge / the Project:

  • Each student / group will formally present / speak to their class re: their discoveries and contributions
  • Each group will produce — by the final due date — a legitimate digital portfolio of their analysis / research / discoveries that can aide other students / teachers in better understanding Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (and related topics)
  • Each group will respond — when necessary — to visitors’ comments / questions via the web site

Behind-The-Scenes:

  • Shift Mr. Long’s role to a behind-the-scenes collaborator and adviser for the duration of the project
  • Place students at the ‘head’ of the classroom to mirror a real research / work scenario
  • Create a ‘learning lab’ approach to how class is run day-to-day with clear guidelines, calendars, and technical support
  • Give students a creative outlet that honors authentic discoveries / opinions of a literary classic
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4 Responses to “Vision”

  1. […] – Christian Long, a high school teacher in Texas, is currently running something called The Alice Project with his students. We’ll talk with Christian about what happens when the teacher steps back […]

  2. kellimcgraw Says:

    This. Is. AMAZING!

  3. sliceofrice Says:

    This is more than amazing! I’m impressed with the planning and organization of The Alice Project. So many important skills are nurtured in this student-centric project. Students are creative as they collaborate, they adopt leader/follower roles in teams, they’re held accountable to due dates. And all of this is themed around this whimsical children’s story we all know and love. Very impressive!

    Have you continued the project in following year’s classes?

    Louise R


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