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The Song of Achilles – Resources

Scratch Game

A game I created with Scratch to test some knowledge of characters in the novel. Click the image below to open the game.

A game to test knowledge of characters in 'The Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller.

 

Author’s Website

MadelineMiller.com: The ‘find out more’ section includes character glossaries, a reader’s guide, a slideshow and commentary about the author’s trip to Troy, and essays.

 

Interviews and Articles

Q&A with Madeline Miller‘, MadelineMiller.com.

‘Live webchat with Madeline Miller’The Guardian, 30 August 2013.

‘The Song of Achilles’, UCL (Department of Greek and Latin), 24th November 2012.

‘The Saturday interview: Madeline Miller, Orange prize winner’The Guardian, 22 June 2012.

‘An Old Song with a New Melody: An Interview with Madeline Miller’, Ancient History et cetera, 21 June 2012.

‘Paperback Q&A: Madeline Miller on The Song of Achilles’, The Guardian, 1 May 2012.

‘Gregory Maguire interviews Madeline Miller!’, HarperCollins Library, 22 December 2011.

‘Interview with Madeline Miller’, roarings20s, 14 December 2011.

I would like to hear Achilles sing‘, Histo-Couch, 7 December 2011.

 

Videos

Book trailer.

 

Miller speaking about the novel.

 

Part one of Miller's reading and Q&A as part of the Summer Reading Presentation at Wentworth Institute of Technology on 9 October 2014.

 

Part two of Miller's reading and Q&A as part of the Summer Reading Presentation at Wentworth Institute of Technology on 9 October 2014.

 

Miller reading from and discussing the novel at The Center of Fiction on 23 October 2012.

 

Madeline Miller and Gregory Maguire talk about the novel.

 

Staged production produced by the Newton Theatre Company in March 2014. Part One: Before Troy.

 

Staged production produced by the Newton Theatre Company in September 2014. Part Two: Troy.

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How to create a self-marking quiz using Google Forms

This guide will show you how to create a quiz which automatically grades answers using a Google Form and Spreadsheet.

We will be adding an image, a video and the following question types:

Text

Multiple Choice

Checkboxes

Choose from a list

 

Creating Your Quiz

1. Visit http://forms.google.com/

2. If asked, log-in to your Gmail account.

3. The page will open to a new Google Form which will be saved in your Google Drive. You will be asked to name your quiz and select a theme. These can be changed later.

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4a. If you would like participants to use names, then simply write ‘Name’ beside ‘Question Title’. Change the ‘Question Type’ to ‘Text’. Tick ‘Required question’ if you would like this to be compulsory for all participants.

4b. If you do not want to use names, instead type the first question to your quiz. ‘Help Text’ is optional and can be left blank. Tick ‘Required question’ if an answer is compulsory. Select your question type.

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Important Notes:

  • Your quiz can be updated/changed at any time.
  • For Text questions which ask participants to type their answers, lower/upper case will not affect the marks (as we will see in the Automatic Grading section), but spelling and spaces will impact the marks. Therefore, for Text questions it is best to ask questions which ask for one-word answers.

 

From here, you have two options regarding how your quiz is organised.

 

Option 1 – One Page

In a one page Form, participants are brought to a page with all the questions on it. Here is an example of what it looks like:

On single page Forms, participants do not have to navigate between pages for questions.

You may add multiple images/videos by clicking ‘Add Item’ at the end of the page. The order of questions/images/videos/etc. can be changed.

Here is how to create the one page quiz above, continuing from step 4:

 

5. To add the next question, click ‘Add item’. Add your question and select what type of question you wish to use. Tick ‘required question’ if it requires an answer.

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6. Continue this process until you reach the end of your questions.

7. To add an image to the end of your quiz, click the arrow beside ‘Add item’ and select ‘Image’.

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8. On the next screen, you can upload an image, take a snapshot,  insert a URL to an image, select an image from your Google Drive, or search for images to insert to your post. If you select ‘Search’ and choose either Google or Life to search for your images, only images  labelled for commercial reuse with modification will appear. You can also search stock images which are available for personal or commercial use only in Google Drive, and may not be independently redistributed or sold. More information on image usage can be found here.

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9. When you have found/uploaded/linked your image, press ‘Select’ and it will be added to your quiz.

10. You can add a title and hover text to the image. Under the image, you have the options of indenting the it left, centre and right.

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11. To add a video, click the arrow beside ‘Add item’ and select ‘Video’. You can search YouTube for the video you want to add. If you click on the icon beside the video you can view it before adding it. Alternatively, you can select URL to paste the link to the video. Press ‘Select’ when you have chosen your video. As with the image, you can add a title, caption and indent it.

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12. Navigate to the bottom of the page. Here you can enter what text appears once participants submit their answers. You are also shown three check boxes:

Show link to submit another response — Checking this box will allow users to submit as many form responses as they’d like.

Publish and show a link to the results of this form — Checking this box will give respondents access to the form’s summary of responses.

Allow responders to edit responses after submitting — Checking this box will allow respondents to change their answers to your form.

Tick/Untick boxes as needed.

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13. Before you share your quiz, see what it looks like!

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14. If you wish to change the order of the questions,  image or video, simply click on it or the pencil (edit) icon and drag it.

15a. Now you can move to Automatic Grading at step 16. However, if you now decide you want to change the format from one page to multiple pages, please follow the following steps:

15b. Navigate to the end of your form, select the arrow beside ‘Add item’ and click ‘Page Break’.

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15c. Drag the page break where you want to mark the end of one page and the beginning of another. Adding text is optional.

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15d. The break between the two pages will appear.  This can be repeated as often as you like. Continue to step 16 to learn about Automatic Grading.

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Option 2 – Multiple Pages

In a form with multiple pages, participants continue from one page to another. Here is an example:

If you add images/videos, they will appear at the end of a page. Unlike a one page form, you choose what question(s) they appear under.

Here is how to create the above quiz with multiple pages, continuing from step 4:

5a. To add a page break, navigate to the end of your form, select the arrow beside ‘Add item’ and click ‘Page Break’.

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5b. The page break will mark the end of one page and the beginning of another. Adding text is optional.

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5c. The break between the two pages will appear.  This can be repeated as often as you like, wherever you like, throughout the quiz.

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6. To add a question to page 2, click ‘Add item’. Add your question and select what type of question you wish to use. Tick ‘required question’ if it requires an answer. You can add as many questions as you like to a page.

7. To add an image to this question, click the arrow beside ‘Add item’ and select ‘Image’.

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8. On the next screen, you can upload an image, take a snapshot,  insert a URL to an image, select an image from your Google Drive, or search for images to insert to your post. If you select ‘Search’ and choose either Google or Life to search for your images, only images  labelled for commercial reuse with modification will appear. You can also search stock images which are available for personal or commercial use only in Google Drive, and may not be independently redistributed or sold. More information on image usage can be found here.

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9. When you have found/uploaded/linked your image, press ‘Select’ and it will be added to your quiz.

10. You can add a title and hover text to the image. Under the image, you have the options of indenting the it left, centre and right. If you wish to change the order of the questions and the  image, simply click on it or the pencil (edit) icon and drag it.

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11. To add a video, click the arrow beside ‘Add item’ and select ‘Video’. You can search YouTube for the video you want to add. If you click on the icon beside the video you can view it before adding it. Alternatively, you can select URL to paste the link to the video. Press ‘Select’ when you have chosen your video. As with the image, you can add a title, caption and indent it.

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12. Continue this process, including page breaks, until you reach the end of your questions.

13. Navigate to the bottom of the page. Here you can enter what text appears once participants submit their answers. You are also shown three check boxes:

Show link to submit another response — Checking this box will allow users to submit as many form responses as they’d like.

Publish and show a link to the results of this form — Checking this box will give respondents access to the form’s summary of responses.

Allow responders to edit responses after submitting — Checking this box will allow respondents to change their answers to your form.

Tick/Untick boxes as needed.

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13. Before you share your quiz, see what it looks like!

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14. If you wish to move questions around, simply click on your question and drag it. Page breaks etc. can also be added and moved.

15. Now you can move to the Automatic Grading at step 16.

 

 

Automatic Grading

16. A Spreadsheet for responses is automatically created when you create a new Form. Select ‘View Responses’ to open this sheet in a new tab. You can modify responses in the Spreadsheet if you wish.

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17. Flubaroo can be put to excellent use at this point and has some great features. A demo of these features can be found here:

However, it does not grade the responses automatically and participants cannot see their results instantly (example). There is a workaround for this which doesn’t involve using the Flubaroo script in the Spreadsheet, which we shall now address.

 

18. In your Spreadsheet, click the plus button to add a new sheet. We’ll call this ‘Sheet2’.

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19a. In Sheet2, select A1 (column A, row 1).

19b. Type the following and then press enter:

=query

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19c. It should look like this when you press enter:

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20. Go back to your first sheet.

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21a. Select all the columns which are part of your quiz. Do this by clicking the letter at the top which will select the whole column. It will appear like this:

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21b. (‘Form Responses’!A:E) means that columns A to E are selected in the ‘Form Responses’ sheet.

21c. Once you have the columns selected as illustrated above, press enter and you will be brought back to Sheet2, where all entries in the Form Responses sheet will be copied. This will update automatically when participants will submit their answers.

 

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22. Go back to your Form, click ‘View live form’ and answer the questions correctly. This is to create an ‘answer key’ in your Spreadsheet.

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22. Once you have submitted your answers, return to your Spreadsheet. (Note, your response may take a minute or two to appear.) Once you see your answers, view Sheet2, where you will see the entries copied.

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23. In the column to the right of the last entry, select the cell in the second row. In this example, we are selecting F2. In this cell, we will be typing the function which will grade the quiz using the answers you submitted.

24a. In F2, type

=(IF(

and select the cell containing your first answer (or type in the correct coordinate, in this case C2).

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24b. Now we tell the formula what the right answer is, and the number of marks per right/wrong answer.

 

24c. In this example, we are telling the formula that if the answer in C2 is “Option 1”, a correct answer is worth 10, and an incorrect answer is worth 0. And we want the marks awarded in this question to be added to the next question, so we put a plus sign after this. The formula then looks like this:

=(IF(C2=”Option 1″, 10, 0)+

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It is important to note, in particular for answers which ask participants to type their answers, it will have to match. Lower/upper case will not affect the marks, but spelling and spaces will impact the marks.

For instance, imagine our question at C2 asked to write the answer and the answer was Byline (=(IF(C2=”Byline”, 10, 0). If a participant accidentally added a space at the beginning/end of the answer then a 0 will be given for this answer. Therefore, for Text questions it is best to have one-word answers.

 

24d. Now we want to add the answer to the next question. Now our formula will appear as follows: =(IF(C2=”Option 1″, 10, 0)+IF(D2=”Option 2″, 5, 0)+

 

 

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Further to the important note above, in the case of Text questions whose answers have different spellings, it is best to add both of the variables like as follows: (=(IF(C2=”Byline”, 10, 0)+IF(C2=”By-line”, 10, 0)+

 

24e. Continue this process until you have all of your questions’ answers and marks typed. Once you have the bracket to your last question added, add another one to complete the function. In this example, it looks like this: =(IF(C2=”Option 1″, 10, 0)+IF(D2=”Option 2″, 5, 0)+IF(E2=”Option 1″, 25, 0))

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24f. Now, press enter and the marks will be rewarded.

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You can see in the screenshot above that the mark has been awarded using the function typed into the cell.

If an error appears or if it didn’t mark it correctly, double-check the following: the answers you provided,the quotation marks in between each answer are double quotation marks (” “), the brackets and commas are in the correct places.

To provide further illustration for functions, here is the formula I used for my Broadsheets and Tabloids quiz (20 questions; 5 marks per right answer, 0 marks for incorrect answer; two variations on the spelling of byline):

=(IF(C2=”Broadsheet”, 5, 0)+IF(D2=”Broadsheet”, 5, 0)+IF(E2=”Tabloid”, 5, 0)+IF(F2=”Broadsheet”, 5, 0)+IF(G2=”Tabloid”, 5, 0)+IF(H2=”Broadsheet”, 5, 0)+IF(I2=”Tabloid”, 5, 0)+IF(J2=”Masthead”, 5, 0)+IF(K2=”Byline”, 5, 0)+IF(K2=”By-line”, 5, 0)+IF(L2=”Headline”, 5, 0)+IF(M2=”Caption”, 5, 0)+IF(N2=”Copy”, 5, 0)+IF(O2=”Broadsheet”, 5, 0)+IF(P2=”Tabloid”, 5, 0)+IF(Q2=”Tabloid”, 5, 0)+IF(R2=”Broadsheet”, 5, 0)+IF(S2=”Broadsheet”, 5, 0)+IF(T2=”Tabloid”, 5, 0)+IF(U2=”Broadsheet”, 5, 0)+IF(V2=”Broadsheet”, 5, 0))

If you need help with the function, get in touch!

 

25. Now that you have your function in place, click the small blue box which appears and drag it downwards. In this example, we will drag it downwards to the 32nd row. This means that responses entered up to row 32 will be graded using the function you entered. Once you drag downwards to the point of your choosing, it will grade any entries already present and will be ready to automatically grade further entries.

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26. Now, label your F column (F1) ‘Results’. Then test out your live Form using right and wrong answers and double-check that they were marked correctly. Now your quiz is ready to be shared!

27. If you wish respondents order to allow respondents to see their result instantly (like here in my Broadsheets and Tabloids quiz), please continue with the following steps.

28a. In your Spreadsheet, click the plus sign to create a third sheet.

28b. In your third sheet, select A1 (column A, row 1), type the following and then press enter:

=query

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28c. It should look like this when you press enter:

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28d. Go to Sheet2 and select the first column you would like to appear (e.g. the name column) and press enter.

28e. Repeat steps 28b to 28d if you would like to add more columns (typing =QUERY into B1 for the second column you would like to appear, then C1 if applicable, etc.).

29a. Now, click ‘File’ and then ‘Publish to web’.

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29b. Ensure that ‘Automatically republish’ is checked. This means that it will update the page will approx. every 5 minutes.

The third sheet is the one we want to ‘publish’.

The link provided will show the data in Sheet3. You can view the example I used here.

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29c. I would recommend using a link shortener service such as Google’s or TinyUrl’s and then provide respondents with the shortened link to view results. A useful way of providing the link is to put it into the “Text which appears at the confirmation page” part of your Google Form.

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30. Share your quiz!

 

 

Disable Responses

To stop accepting responses to the quiz, go to your Form and press the ‘Accepting Responses’ button. This will disable the quiz and allow you to write a message to anyone who tries to take the quiz. It can be enabled again at any point by clicking the ‘Not Accepting Responses’ button.

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Broadsheets and Tabloids – Features and Online Quiz

Identifying Features of Broadsheets and Tabloids

Students identify which features are typically found in broadsheets and tabloids.

‘Broadsheet or Tabloid?’ Task (PDF)

Media-Studies-Revision-1

 

Here is the completed table for page two of the task (PDF, with space for students to write further details/examples), a copy of which is below.

Broadsheet

Tabloid

Content
  • Emphasis on important global/national news, political, economic, social and cultural issues.
  • Covers politics, finance and current affairs.
  • Often has a sports supplement.
  • Emphasis on easy-to-understand and dramatic stories about personalities.
  • Covers sensational news, scandals, gossip, celebrities.
  • Has a large sports section.
Appearance
  • Few photographs, A2 size, black/white.
  • Front page more informative, about public issues.
  • Design emphasises content through detailed articles in small print, with some emphasis on photographs and restrained use of colour.
  • Large eye-catching photographs, A3 size, colour.
  • Front page is entertaining/eye-catching, easy to understand.
  • Design emphasises visual appeal through photographs, colourful font and reversed print on colourful boxes.
Headlines
  • Informative, factual, serious language, black/white.
  • Dramatic, exaggerated, slang, bold/colour.
Articles
  • Formal language, highly researched, factual details, neutral and unbiased, small print.
  • Varied types of sentences.
  • Emphasis on information.
  • Simple language, some research, less details more speculation, bias obvious, large print.
  • Very short sound-bites or sentences.
  • Emphasis on emotion and sensation.

 

 

Quiz

In this quiz, you will be shown the front page of a selection of newspapers and you must select whether you think the page is from a broadsheet or tabloid. Then, you must  identify the highlighted parts of newspapers, and decide if some text/images appeared in a broadsheet or tabloid publication. There are 20 questions and 5 marks for each correct answer.

Please use a nickname/pseudonym, as this will appear along with your result on the list of responses which is accessible below. Lower/upper case will not affect the marks, but spelling and spaces will have an impact.

Good luck!

 

Once you have submitted your answers, click here to view your result on the list of responses (please allow a few minutes for your name and result to appear).

Answers can be found by selecting the hidden text below.

1. Broadsheet                   

2. Broadsheet                   

3. Tabloid                          

4. Broadsheet                   

5. Tabloid                          

6. Broadsheet                   

7. Tabloid                          

8. Masthead                      

9. Byline (or byline)           

10. Headline                      

11. Caption                        

12. Copy                            

13. Broadsheet                  

14. Tabloid                         

15. Tabloid                         

16. Broadsheet                  

17. Broadsheet                  

18. Tabloid                         

19. Broadsheet                  

20. Broadsheet                  

 

Click here for an illustrated guide to creating a self-marking quiz using Google Forms.