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A Collaboration of Sites and Sounds: Using Wikis to Catalog Protest Songs

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A Collaboration of Sites and Sounds: Using Wikis to Catalog Protest Songs

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Chris Kawakita

Normal, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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  • If your classroom does not have computer access, arrange for class time in the computer lab.

  • Look into your administration's policies about students publishing on the Internet. Even if the rules prohibit this practice, many aspects of this lesson can be carried out off-line; the wiki component can be replaced by ideas in the Extensions section.

  • Make appropriate copies of the Research Guide, "Make Way for Wikis," "Wiki: Don't Lose That Number," and Group Participation Assessment Sheet.

  • Set up a wiki account with third-party server (unless you have some technical knowledge and would rather start one from scratch) such as Wikispaces.

  • Visit the example wiki, and bookmark it for instructional use.

  • Make copies of the Wiki Rubric for the students.

  • Test the Online Self-reflection Checklist on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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