Recommendations: Starting on Day 1

While the possibilities are truly limitless re: how you use this web site to showcase what you discover about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, here are a few suggestions for what to do when your team gets together for the first time:

Carefully read “Vision”, “Expectations”, “Rules”, and “Grades” links.

The link is located at the top of your blog (under the banner image).

Every individual is responsible for all of this information.

No paper copies of these pages will be made unless you copy/paste them to a word document / Google Docs page yourself.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have, esp. since everyone’s grade and ability to participate in the project will depend upon living up to these requirements.

Fill out details on the “Team” page.

The link is located at the top of your blog (under the banner image).

Have each teammate a) add a brief ‘bio’ about themselves (2-4 sentences), b) write down what they know — on day one of this project — about Alice, Wonderland, and Lewis Carroll’s classic story, and c) thoughts about the project (process, technology, overall questions, etc) as we begin this 4+ week experience.

Review the “Dates” page.

Make sure everyone has a sense of how many days in class are dedicated to working on this project and what the reading calendar (due dates for chapters) looks like.

Talk about who will be the ‘editor’ for each week.

No person may repeat as an ‘editor’ until everyone else on the team has served in that capacity first.

You may want someone with ‘some’ technology experience (or at least comfort figuring out to work behind-the-scenes on the WordPress ‘dashboard’) to be the ‘editor’ for week 1. At the same time, Mr. Long will help all teams — and all ‘editors’ — accomplish whatever they are trying to do to publish content and improve the look/function of their team blog.

Create a team spreadsheet via Google Docs.

This will let your team keep track of all team members’ a) blog entries, b) comments, and c) contributions to help maintain / design the web site over time.

All individual students will need to submit — on the last day of the project — a fully detailed list of everything that they have done to help their team. Specifics will be critical (dates, hours, descriptions, etc).

Finally: ‘share’ your team Google Docs spreadsheet with Mr. Long and every member of your team so that everyone can keep track of what has been accomplished over time.

Consider having each team member write his/her first entry.

While this will help each person move closer to the goal of 12+ blog entries (3 per week on average), it will also help each person figure out how — as a ‘contributor’ with limited ability to manipulate the blog — the process works. This can be as simple as a ‘big picture’ reaction to what they know about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland without even reading.

Note: Only the team ‘editor’ (of any given week) or Mr. Long can ‘publish’ a blog entry once the draft has been received.

Note: No entry will go public until it has been carefully edited, checked for appropriateness (links, citations, etc), and read by Mr. Long.

Become familiar with the various “Web Collaboration Tools”.

All recommended tools are linked to at the bottom of the right side-bar. Some require that you ‘join’ (username, password, etc) before using them. Mr. Long can give you suggestions as you try them out.

Each team needs to use at least 2 of these at some point in the project to showcase what was discovered, analyzed, learned. The goal is to use them to uniquely showcase / share something that your team has created, as well as to embed / link to these collaboration projects via your blog.

Note: Please show Mr. Long other tools that might also be helpful. All suggestions recommended!

Start reading the introduction and actual story (and accompanying ‘annotations’) found within your copy of The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition.

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“Depends a Good Deal on Where You Want to Get To”

Dear students:

Welcome to the “Alice Project”!

On its simplest level, this is an opportunity to truly discover what lies inside a text, a text that happens to be one of the most famous pieces of literature over the last 150 years.

Secondly, we — as a class — won’t know what you’ll discover down the rabbit hole (so to speak) until you — and your team — develop your own digital portfolio of research | discoveries. This — in other words — is the heart of the “Alice Project.”

And this web site will be where you share with the world everything you discover on your own journey into Wonderland.

All the best…and may your “writing desk” be like “a raven”,

Mr. Long

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For those of you new to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this exchange between young Alice and the Cheshire Cat (who she meets along her journey through Wonderland) might offer a hint of what you’ll experience during this project:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” [asked Alice]
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where –” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

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When in doubt, trust your instincts.

If an ‘idea’ rabbit piques your interest, follow it. See where it leads you.

Just remember to let the rest of us know where it led you.

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P.S.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “otherwise you wouldn’t have come here.”