Modern Life On The Internet

Modern Life On The Internet

Home Sweet Homepage

Opening

  • Read and annotate “Home Sweet Homepage” by Bob Brody, which is an allegory , or a story in which the characters, events, and setting represent ideas. Allegories are typically used to make complex ideas easier to imagine and understand.
  • Select elements from the allegory, highlight them, and write an annotation explaining what they correspond to in real life.
  • Write down any questions you have.

Open Notebook

Share your questions and insights with the full class.

Allegory Notes and Questions

Work Time

Once you’ve had your chance to ask and answer questions, use “Home Sweet Homepage” and these questions to add to your notes and to your growing understanding of the effect of digital connectivity on our lives and culture.

  • What elements of the allegory correspond to elements of real life?
  • Choose one element of the allegory and write a few sentences about how it makes a comment or argument about the way life is changing due to digital connectivity.
  • What does Brody’s character perceive as the benefits of “living on the Internet”?
  • How has “the real world’ been redefined by technology?

Open Notebook

Remember to add any notes that could be helpful for your essay and exhibit into the document you created in Lesson 3.

Story or Allegory Writing

Work Time

In writing, imitate Brody and make your own fictional story or allegory about the Internet. You can use these questions to help get you going if you need some inspiration.

  • If the Internet were a real place, what would it be like?
  • What does the Internet smell like, feel like, taste like?
  • What are your views about “moving to the Internet” and how can you use an allegory to express them?
    • What would you say about the move?
  • What feelings or ideas do you want your description to capture?

Open Notebook

Share your allegory with a classmate.

Partner Reading and Response

Closing

  • Read a classmate’s story. Write a short response to your classmate about his or her story.

Open Notebook