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The Roycroft Campus WebQuest

Overview

One of the unique features of the place and community Elbert Hubbard created is that they continue today. To understand what was created and what still exists students will look at the past and the present of Roycroft. Students will pretend they work for the National Park Services. They will be assigned the task of informing would-be visitors of the history of the Roycroft movement and community, and to entice them to see what Roycroft offers today. Groups of students are to create a brochure for would-be visitors to the Roycroft Campus. The brochure must include historical background on the Roycroft community, campus, and artisans. It must provide an inviting picture of the Roycroft community today and feature current artisans and their art. A map should be included as well as appropriate images. The brochure should be a tri-fold with six panels for information and graphics.

Objectives

Students will:
  • Understand the historic importance of the Roycroft community and what elements of this community continue to exist
  • Understand the Arts and Craft philosophy and work ethic that drew artisans in the 20th century and continues to draw artisans in the 21st century
  • Understand an audience when presenting information
  • Learn to create a brochure

Necessary Materials

  • Computer
  • Internet connectivity
  • Art supplies

Relevant National Standards
NETS 1, NETS 2, NETS 3, NETS 4, NA-VA.5-8.4, NA-VA.9-12.4, NA-VA.5-8.6, NA-VA 9-12.6

Teaching Procedure

  • Students should be divided up into groups to create a brochure.
  • Depending on the size of the group, students are to choose one or more of the following topics to research. Each topic will be presented on one brochure panel.
    • History of the Roycroft community (community here refers to people living together and sharing a philosophy)
    • History of the Roycroft campus (campus refers to the land and building)
    • Artisans of the original community
    • Roycroft community today
    • Roycroft campus today
    • Artisans today
  • Students should look at the resources given and gather the information that would be appropriate for the brochure audience and purpose
  • Each group should gather to discuss what information was found and what images might be good for the brochure.
  • Planning the brochure layout should then begin. Students can look at http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-a-Brochure-with-Free-Online-Tools. Groups need to remember the brochure is not for a company but for would-be visitors so the information and layout need to be adjusted to meet the needs of that audience.
  • A mock-up of the brochure, or "storyboard," should be created using paper. Groups can draw the elements in, or cut out the elements to be used in each panel and tape them to the mock-up. This way, elements can be rearranged. The actual brochure should not be created until there is a clear representation of the content and layout of each panel.
  • Students then create the brochure. An online tool can be used, such as http://interactives.mped.org/view_interactive.aspx?id=110 or http://www.hp.com/sbso/productivity/office/brochure.html
    - If the brochure is not created with one of these tools then each group can create their individual brochure with a word processor application. When all panels are complete they can be cut and pasted onto paper and photocopy made of the final product. The completed brochure should be attractive and offer would-be visitors a look at Roycroft from a historical prospective and what Roycroft is today.

Assessment

  • Brochures assessed using the provided rubric

Online Resources

History of the Roycroft Community Resources

"Early Artisans: Arts & Crafts Overview." Elbert Hubbard: An American Original. PBS, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.pbs.org/wned/elbert-hubbard/early-artisans.php

Roycroft. Roycroft.org, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.roycroft.org/

The Roycroft Community. Arts & Crafts Society, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.arts-crafts.com/archive/hdavis.shtml

"The Roycroft Name and Mark." Elbert Hubbard: An American Original. PBS, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.pbs.org/wned/elbert-hubbard/roycroft-mark.php

The Webpage of the Roycrofters. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.roycrofter.com/

History of the Roycroft Campus Resources

The Roycroft Campus. Chuck LaChiusa, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.buffaloah.com/a/archsty/a-c/roy/hp/index.html

Roycroft Campus History. Roycroft Campus, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/httpdocs/copper_shop.htm#roycroft

Roycroft. Roycroft.org, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.roycroft.org/

Walter Jennings. "The Roycroft Campus." Roycroft Campus History. Roycroft Campus, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/httpdocs/campus_layout_tbl.html

Artisans of the Original Community Resources

"Early Artisans: Arts & Crafts Overview." Elbert Hubbard: An American Original. PBS, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.pbs.org/wned/elbert-hubbard/early-artisans.php

Introduction to Dard Hunter. Friends of Dard Hunter, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.friendsofdardhunter.org/darda.html

Graphic Design: Roycroft Years. Dardhunter.com, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.dardhunter.com/design.htm

Roycroft Community Today Resources

Colihan, Jane. "Roycroft Renaissance." Americanheritage.com. American Heritage, n.d. Web. 11 Jan 2010.
http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1996/6/1996_6_26.shtml

Luke, John. "Back to the Future at Roycroft." Roycroft Campus, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/httpdocs/articles/am_bungalow_roycroft.htm

The Roycroft Campus. Roycrofters at Large, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.ralaweb.com/tour.html

"The Roycroft Campus Today." Elbert Hubbard: An American Original. PBS, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.pbs.org/wned/elbert-hubbard/roycroft-today.php/

Roycroft Campus Today Resources

A Little Journey Through the Roycroft Campus. Foundation for the Study of the Arts & Crafts Movement at Roycroft, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2010.
http://www.roycroft.org/foundation/map.html

Roycroft Campus. Roycroft Campus, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2010.
http://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/

"The Roycroft Inn." Elbert Hubbard: An American Original. PBS, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.pbs.org/wned/elbert-hubbard/roycroft-inn.php/

The Roycroft Campus. Roycrofters at Large, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.ralaweb.com/ html_pages/campus.html

"The Roycroft Campus Today." Elbert Hubbard: An American Original. PBS, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.pbs.org/wned/elbert-hubbard/campus-today-video.php

Living Places: The Roycroft Campus. The Gombach Group, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2010.
http://www.livingplaces.com/NY/Erie_County/East_Aurora_Village/Roycroft_Campus.html

Artisans Today Resources

RALA Artisan Listing. Roycrofters-At-Large, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2010.
http://www.ralaweb.com/html_pages/artisans.html

"Roycroft Today." Elbert Hubbard: An American Original. PBS, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.pbs.org/wned/elbert-hubbard/roycroft-today.php

Examples of Brochures

Brochures. Microsoft Office, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT101043031033.aspx

Clip Art. Microsoft Office, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/clipart/FX101321031033.aspx?pid=CL100570201033

Free Microsoft Publisher Templates. Brainybetty.com, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2010.
http://www.brainybetty.com/MENUPublisher.htm

Trifold Brochure Template. University of Florida, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2010.
http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/info/brochure_template.doc

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