OverviewThis lesson forms part of a module on Pompeii, (or any other ancient city), or on Roman architecture. Students are encouraged to produce a postcard related to the topic covered in class. The front consists of one or several illustrations, (paintings, sculptures, monuments, etc), processed and personalised using the free online software apps.pixlr.com/express. The reverse includes the typical elements of a postcard: recipient address, stamp, date, message, and signature of the sender.
The postcard template is available on the Postcard Maker software.
1. Firstly, the teacher will introduce their students to the Pixlr software (lesson one). They will highlight the virtually endless image personalisation options. Secondly, students will be invited to search the internet in order to find illustrations suitable for the front of the postcard (without losing sight of the topic being covered). They will then personalise these using Pixlr (lesson two).
Two examples of illustrations reworked using Pixlr
2. The rest of the activity will be completed at home. The students will complete the back of the postcard. They will make up the recipient address (this can be a fictional Latin address), attach a stamp personalised using the same software (Pixlr) then they will write a short text which describes and explains the site or monument chosen. The text should include at least 5 Latin words from the vocabulary on Roman houses and end with the sender’s signature. In order to make the finished piece of work more realistic, the final postcard format will be designed using the Postcard Maker software.
3. The finished product can either be sent as an e-card or printed out and handed in to the teacher.
What do I need?
- Internet: No
- Hardware: pc
- Software: PIXLR, Postcardmaker
ICT Level and Target Group
- ICT level: intermediate
- Target group: first