"Dyslexia Hall of Fame"
English / Language & CommunicationSpecific
Topic: Project on the Lives of Famous, Successful Dyslexics
Project Goals:The major goal of this project is to enhance the confidence
and self-esteem of dyslexic students by making them aware that many famous
and successful people are dyslexics who have struggled with literacy all
their lives. In the course of this project, students will learn to :
- research their topic using
the internet and encyclopaedia CD-ROMs
- download text and graphics
into a Word file
- integrate these with their
own typed text
- structure a report
- organise the finished articles
for display purposes
Who is the project for: This particular project is for a group
of 11 students with specific learning difficulties in a specialist Reading
Age 11 - 13 years.
Display:It will be displayed in the school foyer, and sections of
it will be posted on the school web-site.
Prerequisite resources: Internet access CD-ROM encyclopaedia
Prerequisite ICT skills: Ability to access data on CD-ROM Ability
to search the internet
- Each student will choose
a famous dyslexic person from a list prepared by the teacher. Examples
include Bill Gates, Agatha Christie, Richard Branson, W.B. Yeats.
- Students will gather information
on their chosen person from Encarta and from the Internet.
- They will then write an
article on that person, incorporating their research findings. If available,
a picture will also be included.
- When all are complete, they
will be mounted on a large wall-chart and displayed in the school foyer
to be seen by teachers, students, and visitors to the school.
- Parents will be invited
in to view the project and will also receive a bound copy.
- Sections of the project
will be displayed on the school web-site.
Evaluation:In general, the project went very well, and the students
were very pleased with the result. It attracted a lot of attention from
the staff and other students in the school, which had the desired result
of increasing the self-esteem of the dyslexic students.
This operated in two ways -
- the fact that so many well-known
people are dyslexic was an eye-opener to those reading the project and
made them realise that our dyslexic students have great potential, and
- the fact that the class
had managed to produce such an interesting project made people look
at them in a new light.
Parents were also very happy
with the project and much of the content was encouraging news for them,
Thus, both the process and the content contributed to the achievement
of our project's major goal.
Difficulties: We did encounter difficulties, of course, mainly to
do with the students' reading difficulties. Some required a lot of help
with reading through the material which they found on the Internet and
on CD. Others required help with the structure of the article to be
written. One or two needed help with technological aspects, such as
cutting and pasting from the Internet, and downloading graphics.
In general, however, their computer skills were of a very high standard.
They were also very willing to help each other out with this aspect
Teacher Observations: From the teacher's point of view the project
was very worthwhile. It boosted awareness of the existence of the specialist
class within the school, and increased people's knowledge about dyslexia.
It made the students feel good about themselves and enabled some of
them to see a piece of their work on public display for the first time.
Ennis National School