Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fakebook for Dystopian Characters

Create your own Fake Facebook page pretending you are a character from your Dystopia novel... and edit as you need to go... Try it out! You can even go back and make changes after you link to your blog... So what is it exactly?
A web-based Facebook template that can be edited, saved on the Web (students will need to supply a password to retrieve their saved page; then they will be given the URL/web address to their saved page), and printed.
How difficult is it to use? Quite easy. Any questions, follow the directions in the Tips area...

Check out the page "created" by one of my favorite characters. View some of his favorite videos and his list of "friends"!!

I absolutely love this site... You can create a character, even upload pictures to make it suit the character and upload bios and create "conversations". It really gets you into the mind or point of view of the character, and allows you to create "conversations" which would demonstrate interactions with the character that would connect with the book. Use your imagination and imagine how the character would behave, share your post with Dystopian Lit Circle peers and see if they imagine the character as behaving the same way!

You can save the page, edit it for later (remember the password) and even embed in a blog like Blogger or Wordpress, unfortunately not kidblog. So yes, you can't embed this in kidblog, just save the URL from the page you create and SAVE and link it to your blog post!

Tips and Tools to Guide you in creating the Fake Facebook page...

Here is the page, to get rid of the ads, just click "View Fullscreen"

View Fullscreen | Create your own

Other sites to try if you find "FAKEBOOK" challenging... There's Google Template you can try... called, "LITERARY FACEBOOK". I like the expectations on the site.

Create a "Facebook" page for a character from literature. Have fun but be accurate.

1. Insert a picture of your character (how you think he/she looks), or let Fakebook find one for you. If you use your own picture, you will have to save it first from the Internet, then upload to the site.

Insert a text box for the following:

2. Character’s name

3. Where the character spent most of his/her life
4. Whether he/she was single, divorced, or married

5. Character’s date of birth (make an educated guess)
 and parent's names (make them up if you have to as well)
6. Character’s hometown, state, or country
 (use the futuristic name of the place that fits the novel)
7. Show the likes and dislikes of the character. Make sure they connect with the novel, there must be a a real connection for the mention in the bio.

8. List one school he/she attended and one place he/she worked. 
9. Make up a minimum of 15 wall posts the character would have made.
10. List at least 8 people that the character would have been friends with on Facebook. On Fakebook, you can just click on "Add" and make up fake friend names. Fakebook will find images for you. Be sure to create friends that are mentioned in the book or just make up the names of friends. For characters in the novel, be sure to have these characters comment on what your character posts.

11. Make up at least 10 interactions or fake conversations that other characters would comment on your character's post. (see the one I created as an example).
12. Make up two Facebook groups the character would have joined.
 *** If you are able to on Fakebook, use your imagination and create a fake Group's post.
13. Include posts that connect with what you are reading in the novel (and not just silly stuff) and expand upon what the novel doesn't say. If your character dies or disappears, then just make more posts for a shorter period of time. 
14. Show the emotions, thoughts and key events that impact your character.
15. Include at least one song, that would be something that would inspire your character or be of significance for your character. Be sure to include a post that states why the song is special for the character, but in their point of view.
16. Include a news website or a news cast that shows something in our current world that connects to the novel. The event must be worldly and demonstrate an aspect of the novel that explores issues from Social Studies. The event can be political, environmental or explore economy. Include the newscast or website link as  "an event from history" for the character. Be sure to explain why the character would be interested in this website or newscast. What would be of interest to the character?
Additional Ideas...
16. Place a dot on all of the places that character traveled over the course of the novel. (You can use any tool for this one) *** Is not an option on Fakebook, or you can try a link with Google Earth.... 

** Note that for all the novels you can "make it work". For example, there were some elements of technology in The Hunger Games, even for the poor districts. Make up a reason for having access to Fakebook. In books like Maze Runner, Divergent and Matched, you can tell the setting is futuristic, so it's fairly easy to come up with a reason for Fakebook access. Finally, for The Eleventh Plague, maybe state that you are typing on one of last solar computers to exist, and that due to some computer network running on it's own, you are able to still post to Fakebook... Who knows... like I said, make up a somewhat plausible reason. The novels are all fiction, so you can come up with your own reason.

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