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You Flattened Me

Alicia Floyd
Santa Rosa District Schools

Description

Students draw self-portraits to make themselves “flat”, then e-mail themselves, along with a letter, to a participating person.

Objectives

The student writes and revises a variety of simple texts (for example, sentences, paragraphs, stories, letters, explanations telling why or how, picture books, poems).

The student uses conventions of punctuation (including but not limited to periods, question marks, exclamation points; commas in dates, series of words, and in greetings and closings in letters).

The student uses basic word processing skills and basic educational software for writing (including but not limited to proofreading, using appropriate fonts and graphics, using technology to 'publish' writing).

Materials

- [Flat Stanley] by Jeff Brown, HarperCollins, library binding (ISBN 006-0206810), paperback edition (ISBN 006-4420264)
- Writing paper (one sheet per child)
- Drawing paper (one sheet per child, 8 ˝ x 11)
- Pencils
- Cover letter (See attachment.)
- E-mail addresses of several people willing to participate in the project
- Computer with word processor, scanner, and Internet connection

Preparations

1. Contact several teachers and/or parents who would be willing to participate in the learning activity by responding to a student’s e-mail letter or sign up with the [Flat Stanley] Project listed in the web link below.
2. Obtain a copy of the book [Flat Stanley] by Jeff Brown.
3. Get drawing paper for each student (8 ˝” x 11”).
4. Make sure your classroom computers have a word processor and Internet access. In order to put the students’ drawings on a file to attach to the letter you must use a scanner. If your school does not have a scanner, contact your county tech representative and ask if one is available to use. It would be a good idea to have these drawings on file before you begin Session 2.
5. Make a copy of the cover letter in the attached file to insert with each student letter.
6. Explore the Internet site listed in the web link. More ideas are listed there for your consideration.

Procedures

Day 1:

1. Read aloud [Flat Stanley] and discuss the adventures he had while being flat.

2. Explain to students that they will draw a picture of themselves, write a letter to someone about himself or herself, then e-mail their picture and their letter to someone.

3. Show students illustrations of [Flat Stanley] from the story. Allow students time to draw and color a [Flat Stanley] image of themselves. Names and addresses should be written on the same page as each figure. (Use first names only and school address.) Also include teacher’s e-mail address. Names should be preceded by the word [FLAT] so that each student has his/her own [FLAT STANLEY]. For example: “Flat Mary” or “Flat Joe”

4. Teacher should scan the picture and save it to a file to attach to student’s letter.

5. Have students compose a letter. Letters should contain information (weather, school activities, favorite sports, hobbies, favorite books, etc.) that would be easy to respond to.

Days 2 & 3:

1. Students should revise the letters they have written. As students complete their revisions, have them start typing their letters on a word processor.

2. Make a copy of the student’s finished letter for assessment.

3. The teacher should attach their pictures to the files along with a cover letter and e-mail it to a participating person.

4. As responses are received, students share with the class.

Assessments

Use the following scale for assessment:

E - The student writes and revises a letter of communication using correct punctuation (commas in dates, greetings, and closings in letters) with at least 90 percent accuracy and is able to use basic word processing skills to type the revised letter.
S - The student writes and revises a letter of communication using correct punctuation with at least 80 percent accuracy and is able to use basic word processing skills, with some help, to type the revised letter.
N – The student writes and revises a letter using correct punctuation with at least 65 percent accuracy and is unable to use basic word processing skills to type the revised letter.
U – The student cannot write and revise a letter with correct punctuation nor can they use basic word processing skills.

Extensions

Students should have prior knowledge of the five basic letter parts: heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature.

As a group activity, the class may sign up to be a participant on the [Flat Stanley] web site and e-mail their own drawings along with letters to other participants listed on the web page listed in the web link.

Web Links

Web supplement for You Flattened Me
Flat Stanley Project

Attached Files

A cover letter to be sent with each student letter.     File Extension: pdf

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