Title: American Poetry: The Nineteenth Centuury
Source: Satterlee Computer Lab
Playing Time: not applicable
Cost: $ 28.38 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1559405589/qid%3D905876463/0
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: PC
or MAC versions available; double speed CD-ROM recommended.
Subject Area: English - Poetry
Objectives: To introduce students to various
poets of the 19th century, their backgrounds and also their works as poets.
Brief Description: The program allows
access to not only the works of the poets of the 19th century but also
a brief background and sometimes there are pictures to go along with the
bios. It also enables students greater access to an awesome collection
of poetry that can be utilized for learning and/or entertainment.
Entry Capabilities Required: Must be able
to use the mouse and also to type for the purposes for finding certain
Relevance to objectives: 5 (It allows
the students access to an automated poetry anthology of great diversity.)
The program is again an awesome compilation of poetry to be used in the
classroom. Students and teachers alike can benefit from having this
in the class. The amount of poetry contained in this program enables
the class to have an enormous amount of poetry on hand and to be utilized
at a moments notice.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
4 (The program does not allow the students to ask questions, so they need
either have an assignment or just want to browse.)
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4
(If the students are interested in poetry then the program will provide
an almost inexhaustable source of poetry.)
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5 (The
icons for using the program are very clear and easy to utilize.)
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): not applicable
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 5 (The
and pictures are very clear and helpful when researching certain authors.)
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
5 (Has had very good reviews.)
Clear directions for play: 4 (Does not
contain detailed operating instructions but the program is easy to use.
Students may need to be shown a quick run-through of the program for a
better idea on how it works.)
Effectiveness of debriefing:3
Setting up the program was a bit time consuming. Some technical
may be needed at first but the instructor, after having used the program
will have few to no problems afterwards.
Reviewer: Paul Bevins
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.