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Language Arts Through Web Page Research

Antonio Fernandez
Colleges and Universities - Florida

Description

Students research their school's Web page and another school's Web page in a different school district. Then, they write a friendly letter (hard-copy) to a student in the other school.

Objectives

The student writes for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes.

Materials

-Writing paper
-Pencil
-Computers connected to the Internet
-My School's Web Page Research Sheet (See Associated File)
-Other School's Web Page Research Sheet (See Associated file)
-Teacher's Friendly Letter Evaluation Checksheet (See Associated File)
-Internet Permission Form (See Associated File)
-Internet Project Evaluation Checksheet (See Associated File)

Preparations

1. Make sure computers are working, and linked to the Internet.
2. Arrange time to use the school computer lab.
3. Confirm that the computer lab assistant is available during your lesson.
4. Have paper, pencil, and all hand-outs ready for distribution.
5. Decide how much instruction students will need on writing a friendly letter. Some will need more instruction time than allotted in this lesson.

Procedures

1. Tell students that their school is on the Internet. Instruct the students to go to their school's Web page, and then have them complete My School's Web Page Research Sheet. (see associated file)

2. Next, tell students to go to another school's Website (in another school district, and then have them complete the Other School's Web Page Research Sheet. (see associated file)

3. Explain the objective is for students to locate a classroom in the other school and write a friendly letter (hard copy) to another student.

4 Provide students with an orientation during the first 30-minute session that includes a) how to type an Internet Web address in the computer; b) how to browse a Website; c) how to research the Website. Have students answer the questions on the two School Web Page Research Sheets.

5. Provide students with an orientation on how to write a friendly letter. Be sure to include information on envelope address, date, greeting, introduction-body-conclusion, and signature.

6. As students research on the Internet and work on their letters, circulate throughout the room offering specific feedback and praise to students.

Assessments

1) Evaluate the School Web Page Research Sheets by determining if the student answered all the research questions on each form.

2) Assess the friendly letter written by the student using the Teacher's Friendly Letter Evaluation Checksheet.

3) Give a final, over-all evaluation using the Internet Project Evaluation Checksheet.

Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly. Students who need help should receive formative feedback in order to search the Internet correctly or to write their letters in acceptable format for sending to others.

Web Links

Web supplement for Language Arts Through Web Page Research
Shaw Adult Center

Web supplement for Language Arts Through Web Page Research
Golden Glades Elementary

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