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Enrich a Personal Narrative Writing Unit with Technology

Elementary Sample Unit

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Class Components


Session 1 – Using a Mentor Text to Set Clear Expectations

Author(s) - Gina Ceparano
· Content Teaching Points: How can I use a mentor text to set clear expectations?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can I use online tools to develop a living rubric?




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Session 2 – Using SMART Notebook to Brainstorm Possible Topics

Author(s) - Gina Ceparano
· Content Teaching Points: Why should I brainstorm topics before selecting them?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can I use SMART Notebook to brainstorm possible topics?




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Session 3 – Developing and Ordering Plot Events

Author(s) - Nate Dechongkit
· Content Teaching Points: What is plot?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can technology help organize the main events of a narrative?




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Session 4 – Using Vivid Description to Help Readers Visualize

Author(s) - Nate Dechongkit
· Content Teaching Points: How do I use descriptive language that will help my reader visualize?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can I use digital images to help me create vivid description?




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Session 5 – Developing Characters Using Thoughtshots

Author(s) - Nate Dechongkit
· Content Teaching Points: How do I write thoughtshots that provide character insight?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can use the Microsoft Word comment feature to keep track of various characters' thoughts at different points of a story?




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Session 6 – Using Blogs to Analyze Effective Openings and Introductions

Author(s) - Gina Ceparano
· Content Teaching Points: What makes a personal narrative opening effective?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can we use a blog to help expose students to effective introductions?




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Session 7 – Using Microsoft Word to Improve the Revision Process

Author(s) - Nate Dechongkit
· Content Teaching Points: How do I structure suggestions and comments so they will be useful?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can I use Microsoft Word to distinguish comments from different individuals?




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Session 8 – Reviewing and Celebrating Student Work

Author(s) - Gina Ceparano
· Content Teaching Points: How can I provide accountable feedback to my peers?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can I use a social networking site to celebrate my work?




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