A Soccer Collage: Web resources for creating an original soccer collage

You can also find this activity at: http://www.kn.att.com/wired/fil/pages/scrapsoccerjo1.html

Have you ever made a collage? Collage is an art form in which the artist takes a number of images or words and puts them together on a piece of paper, in a frame or on a screen. The goal is to make a message or feeling by the very patterns, content and interactions. Usually you cut and paste images and sentences from magazines, but you can also make collages on your computer. All you need is a word processing program, Power Point, or a website editing program (like Dreamweaver). You can see some collages at: ArtLex (http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/c/collage.html) Remember, depending on the type of collage you make, you can include images, sounds, video...anything you want.

In this activity, you'll make an original collage about SOCCER!!!

Try to answer these questions with your collage.

Why soccer?
Where did it come from?
Where is it now?
What's your favorite team?
Who are your favorite players?


Explore the Internet sites linked below. You're looking for facts, quotes, examples, images, sound clips, videos, and animations that you think are important aspects of soccer.

When you find something you like, check its Web page for a copyright notice. Often, students are encouraged to copy things that will only be used in the classroom. Sometimes people don't want their work copied at all. A good practice is looking for an e-mail link on the page and then using it to ask permission.

The links below will help you find images, sounds and sentences to include in your collage. Start by briefly looking at each site. When you see an image or read a sentence you like, save it in your computer. (For images, just put the cursor over the image you are interested in and click with your right mouse button if you are using a PC or double click if you have a MAC. Choose "save" and decide where you want to save the image. For words or sentences, just select the text, and copy it onto a document in a word processing program).

As soon as you have a collection of images and sentences, open the program you will use to make your collage and paste the words and images wherever you want on the page. You can edit the images using a photo editing program and you can edit the sentences right in your word processing program (change the size, the font, the color).

When you finish making your collage, share it with your classmates and explain why it represents your personal view of "soccer".


Background Information
Wikipedia: Soccer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soccer)
The History of Soccer (http://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-soccer.htm)
History of the World Cup (http://www.sportingnews.com/archives/worldcup.html)
The Official Soccer Site for Officials, Referees, Players, and Fans (http://www.drblank.com/slaws.htm)

Current News
Soccer Way: The Online Soccer Source (http://www.soccerway.com/)
Soccer Players Encyclopedia (http://www.expertfootball.com/players/encyclopedia.php)
Zoom Soccer: European Soccer (http://www.zoomsoccer.com/)

World Soccer Stadiums (http://soccerstadiums.freeservers.com/home2.html)
CBS Sportsline Soccer Photos (http://www.sportsline.com/soccer/photos)
Soccer Pictures (http://www.posters-pictures-photos.com/soccer.html)

Real Madrid (http://www.realmadrid.com/portada_eng.htm)
Barcelona (lhttp://www.fcbarcelona.com/eng/home-page/home/home.shtml)
Manchester United FC (http://www.manutd.com/)
W Soccer - Mexican Soccer Teams (http://www.wsoccer.com/fans/mexico.htm)

Odds & Ends
Soccer Songs and Chants (http://home.wanadoo.nl/maarten.geluk/)

Teacher's Instructions

(1) Be sure students understand what a collage is before they begin their research.

(2) This can be a long-term project. Give students enough time to build their collages.

(3) Encourage students to work in pairs or small groups. They can get oral practice as they work together.

(4) The students will get oral practice as they present their collages to the class. They can explain why they included each element.

(5) Depending on your students' experience with computers, you can have them present with a word processing program, Power Point or even make their own webpages.

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