For my Second Project in this class, I chose to make a Kahoot for my classmates to play. Kahoot is a fun trivia game that I have used for a handful of projects, and have participated in during different classes multiple times before. It is a great tool that I was introduced to in high school, and I will never stop using it! It really is too fun not to. I figured it would be a unique and fun kind of way to look at one of the texts we focused on in our class.
The subject of my Kahoot was that of Edmund Spenser’s epic poem, The Faerie Queene. As we all know from class, The Faerie Queene is set in a far away land named “Faerie Land,” and follows the lives and adventures of two knights, Redcrosse (also known as George), and Britomart. Throughout the poem, Spenser examines the values of Christian life, including the two most important values of the religion, faith and celibacy. Redcrosse is made to represent the value of faith, while Britomart is made to represent the value of celibacy. On top of that, Redcrosse’s actions and characteristics make him very similar to the Apostle Peter. We can see how the two knights represent these values due to the troubles Redcrosse gets himself into on his journey, as well as the resistance that Britomart has towards lust and the temptations around her.
In my Kahoot, I included all different kinds of questions, including ones about when the poem itself was published and republished, and different things about the characters, like what they represent throughout the poem, or what their real name is. I felt as if it was important to get all different aspects of the poem in the Kahoot, not just things about the plot, or a certain few characters. I have always found it important to focus on the outside, because it is just as important as focusing on the inside!
Typically, unessays are made in place of essays and are meant to be more interpretive than anything else. I do know that a Kahoot is not that interepative, but I figured it would be a pretty engaging way to have my classmates interact with the text at hand. I feel like engaging in something can be just as important as interpretation can be. I like choosing to do unessays instead of traditional essays whenever these kinds of projects come up in my classes because I like that you can kind of do whatever you want with it. You can do a found poem (like I did for my last project), a painting, a puzzle, or really anything you can put your mind to. So like I said, I know a Kahoot is not always the most interpretive thing to do for an unessay, but I feel as if looking at the facts of a text, including when the facts have to do with the inside and the outside of the text itself, can be just as useful as any different kind of project, interpretive or not.
For myself, and I am sure for other people as well, it is not always easy to connect to certain texts, especially when they have been written and published so long ago. Making a Kahoot seemed like a great modern approach to a seemingly ancient text. It was a perfect modern twist on the Medieval times and times of the Renaissance! Feel free to play with our classmates or with some friends! Thank you for playing my Kahoot everyone, and I hope you all enjoy it!