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Enrich Exit Project Writing with Technology

Grade 8 Sample Unit

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Session 1 – Title: Collecting Ideas for Writing a Report of Information Using a Mentor Text

Authors: Gina Ceparano, Shante Chunn, Nate Dechongkit, William Heller, John Natuzzi, Shirin Shabdin, and Vera E. Sims

• Content Teaching Points: How can we use a mentor text to identify the elements of a “report of information”?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use Word to begin a checklist of criteria to refer back to during the process?




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Session 2 – Title: Selecting Ideas for Writing a Report of Information Using the Internet

Authors: Gina Ceparano, Shante Chunn, Nate Dechongkit, William Heller, John Natuzzi, Shirin Shabdin, and Vera E. Sims

• Content Teaching Points: How can we determine what makes a credible and relevant resource?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use the Internet to begin researching and storing collected resources?




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Session 3 – Title: Planning, Organizing, and Researching with Word

Authors: Gina Ceparano, Shante Chunn, Nate Dechongkit, William Heller, John Natuzzi, Shirin Shabdin, and Vera E. Sims

• Content Teaching Points: How can we put our research in our own words?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use Word to enhance the planning and researching aspect of creating a good report of information?




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Session 4 – Title: Drafting with Word

Authors: Gina Ceparano, Shante Chunn, Nate Dechongkit, William Heller, John Natuzzi, Shirin Shabdin, and Vera E. Sims

• Content Teaching Points: How can writers organize information in their drafts to make their writing clear?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use Word to assist writers in organizing an outline?




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Session 5 – Title: Revising and Enhancing with Hyperlinks

Authors: Gina Ceparano, Shante Chunn, Nate Dechongkit, William Heller, John Natuzzi, Shirin Shabdin, and Vera E. Sims

• Content Teaching Points: How do I determine which media sources are most effective to add to my digital report of information?
• Technology Teaching Points: How do I insert hyperlinks into my digital report of information?




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Session 6 – Title: Editing for More Effective Verbs Using Microsoft Word

Authors: Gina Ceparano, Shante Chunn, Nate Dechongkit, William Heller, John Natuzzi, Shirin Shabdin, and Vera E. Sims

• Content Teaching Points: How can we convey our ideas more clearly using stronger verbs?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we convey our ideas more clearly using stronger verbs?




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Session 7 – Title: Publishing Online

Authors: Gina Ceparano, Shante Chunn, Nate Dechongkit, William Heller, John Natuzzi, Shirin Shabdin, and Vera E. Sims

• Content Teaching Points: How can we use mentor texts to help us come up with engaging and appropriate titles?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use the Web to publish?




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Session 8 – Title: Celebrating Using Collaborative Online Tools

Authors: Gina Ceparano, Shante Chunn, Nate Dechongkit, William Heller, John Natuzzi, Shirin Shabdin, and Vera E. Sims

• Content Teaching Points: How do I increase the effectiveness of students’ comments without compromising the celebration process?
• Technology Teaching Points: How do I use the Comment function in Writing the City?




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