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Teaching a Technology-Enriched Feature Article Writing Unit

Grade 6 Sample Unit

Standards



Evaluation Goals



Content Outline



Class Components


Session 1 – Collecting Ideas for Writing Using the Web and Electronic Writer’s Notebooks

Authors: Heather Benson, Jamie Brogan, Matt Buxton, Lisa Chiu-Fang, Jesus Fraga, Sharon Freedman, Lisa Fung-Fernandes, Andrew Gallagher, Elizabeth Goldfarb, William Heller, Angelica Infante, Shelley Levy, Lisa Nielsen, Stella Porto, Vera Sims, and Matt Tepper

• Content Teaching Points: How can the collecting phase of the writing process help us write a feature article about Egypt that is engaging to our audience?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use the Web to gather information about Egypt, and use Word to record it in an electronic writer’s notebook?




Resources:

KidsClick!
Yahooligans!
National Geographic for Kids
Time for Kids
Teen Ink








Session 2 – Selecting the Best Idea Using the Web and Word

Authors: Heather Benson, Jamie Brogan, Matt Buxton, Lisa Chiu-Fang, Jesus Fraga, Sharon Freedman, Lisa Fung-Fernandes, Andrew Gallagher, Elizabeth Goldfarb, William Heller, Angelica Infante, Shelley Levy, Lisa Nielsen, Stella Porto, Vera Sims, and Matt Tepper

• Content Teaching Points : How can the selecting phase of the writing process help us write a feature article about Egypt that is engaging to our audience?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use Word and the Web collaboratively to help participants narrow down their areas of interest about Egypt?




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Session 3 – Planning and Researching with Word

Authors: Heather Benson, Jamie Brogan, Matt Buxton, Lisa Chiu-Fang, Jesus Fraga, Sharon Freedman, Lisa Fung-Fernandes, Andrew Gallagher, Elizabeth Goldfarb, William Heller, Angelica Infante, Shelley Levy, Lisa Nielsen, Stella Porto, Vera Sims, and Matt Tepper

• Content Teaching Points: How can the researching phase of the writing process help us write a feature article about Egypt that is engaging to our audience?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use Word to enhance the planning and researching aspect of creating a good feature article?




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Session 4 – Drafting with Advanced Functions in Word

Authors: Heather Benson, Jamie Brogan, Matt Buxton, Lisa Chiu-Fang, Jesus Fraga, Sharon Freedman, Lisa Fung-Fernandes, Andrew Gallagher, Elizabeth Goldfarb, William Heller, Angelica Infante, Shelley Levy, Lisa Nielsen, Stella Porto, Vera Sims, and Matt Tepper

• Content Teaching Points : How can the drafting phase of the writing process help us write a feature article about Egypt that is engaging to our audience?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use more advvanced functions in Word to help draft a good feature article?




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Session 5 – Revising Using the Internet and Word

Authors: Heather Benson, Jamie Brogan, Matt Buxton, Lisa Chiu-Fang, Jesus Fraga, Sharon Freedman, Lisa Fung-Fernandes, Andrew Gallagher, Elizabeth Goldfarb, William Heller, Angelica Infante, Shelley Levy, Lisa Nielsen, Stella Porto, Vera Sims, and Matt Tepper

• Content Teaching Points : How can we make our arguments flow more smoothly by using transitional words and phrases?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use the Internet to help us make our writing more engaging to our audiences?




Resources:






Writing Matters
Teen Ink: Nonfiction
Merlyn’s Pen
Time for Kids





Session 6 – Editing with Word Language Tools

Authors: Heather Benson, Jamie Brogan, Matt Buxton, Lisa Chiu-Fang, Jesus Fraga, Sharon Freedman, Lisa Fung-Fernandes, Andrew Gallagher, Elizabeth Goldfarb, William Heller, Angelica Infante, Shelley Levy, Lisa Nielsen, Stella Porto, Vera Sims, and Matt Tepper

• Content Teaching Points : How can the editing phase of the writing process help us write a feature article about Egypt that is engaging to our audience?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can we use technology tools to help the writer and peer editor grow as writers?




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Session 7 – Publishing on the Web

Authors: Heather Benson, Jamie Brogan, Matt Buxton, Lisa Chiu-Fang, Jesus Fraga, Sharon Freedman, Lisa Fung-Fernandes, Andrew Gallagher, Elizabeth Goldfarb, William Heller, Angelica Infante, Shelley Levy, Lisa Nielsen, Stella Porto, Vera Sims, and Matt Tepper

• Content Teaching Points: How can the publishing phase of the writing process help us write a feature article about Egypt that is engaging to our audience?
• Technology Teaching Points: How do you evaluate which publishing Web sites are most appropriate for your class?




Resources:








Writing Matters
Teacher Scholastic


Session 8 – Analyzing Student Work

Authors: Heather Benson, Jamie Brogan, Matt Buxton, Lisa Chiu-Fang, Jesus Fraga, Sharon Freedman, Lisa Fung-Fernandes, Andrew Gallagher, Elizabeth Goldfarb, William Heller, Angelica Infante, Shelley Levy, Lisa Nielsen, Stella Porto, Vera Sims, and Matt Tepper

• Content Teaching Points : How can we help students get their work published?
• Technology Teaching Points: How can teachers create rubrics to help students evaluate their own work?




Resources:


RubiStar











Facilitator Notes:
You are encouraged to customize the materials to your teaching style.
Please add your own contact information in the last slide of your PowerPoints before presenting.