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Peer review of science laboratory reports? You bet! First, learners work in pairs to review a scientific article. Then they trade lab reports for peer review. Guidelines are described to help you smoothly lead them through the process. The end result, is the publishing of a classroom scientific journal! Consider doing this lesson well before your science fair so that their project reports are written by experienced and peer-critiqued young scientists!
Provide time to polish paragraphs in class. Pupils, who have been working on these informational pieces for several days now, will have a chance to check for spelling and grammar before publishing their work. Sure to be a rewarding final step, the publication of their work will make all of the revision and editing worth it. The plan calls for learners for write out their work carefully, but you could have them word process their final drafts to add an element of technology to the lesson. Youngsters might need guidance while correcting their spelling and grammar errors; consider providing a checklist or handout for reference.
Give your book report that extra pizzaz by typing it! After kids write a book report by hand, have them publish a final copy of a book report using word processing software. They view the How To Write a Book Report website, follow step-by-step directions to type in their book report, and publish a final copy.
Fifth graders create a final draft of an original realistic fiction story. In this language arts lesson plan, 5th graders discuss what should be in place in order for a piece of writing to be published. Students share their writing piece with the class once they have made their final edits.
Direct your class’s attention to the elements that make their community unique. After examining sample travel brochures, groups select something from their community to use as the subject, and then research, create, and publish a brochure celebrating this element. Extension and enrichment activities, as well as resource links, are included. A great way to incorporate technology into your curriculum.
High schoolers conduct research and publish a catalog consisting of items from the early 1900's. They select a market of items from the early 1900's and explore a variety of websites. Using their research information they write and publish a catalog and catalog order form.
Sixth graders create a newsletter using Microsoft Publisher. They focus on the correct use of adjectives (movie review), quotation marks (interview), and verbs (report an event). Students use pre-writing strategies to create three compositions. Students can choose to review a movie, interview the star of that movie and write about an event when they were in the news.
The writing process meets the 21st century in this lesson centered around the Inspiration Software program. If you don't have the Inspiration program, the steps outlined here are still quite helpful in breaking down and scaffolding writing. Using a diagram, learners complete the cyclical process through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. There are distinct templates for different writing tasks, and visuals give a good idea of what learners are working with.
Narrative writing is accessible when you reveal the not so mysterious writing process! Although this writer's workshop instructional activity is valuable on its own, it's really designed to introduce pupils to Inspiration Software. Screenshots offer a visual guide to creating a narrative template, from brainstorming to publishing. Examples offer easy modeling, and extensions suggest multimedia presentations. This would work best as an anticipatory set before letting learners loose with this program.
Young scholars complete a technology integration project using Publisher. For this technology lesson, students use Publisher to create magazine activities for the American Revolution, indigenous cultures, California missions, colonization, and learn the basics of the program.
Help your autistic learners to create a story and publish a book. They write simple stories, then turn their stories into books. A picture is drawn for each page of the book and the story is written below. Note: This is a good activity to increase communication and creative thinking skills, but it may not work with severely autistic children.
Mystery is an exciting genre for young readers to get into. The plots are so intriguing! Here is a series of lessons which invite learners to enter the world of the mystery genre. Sherlock Holmes mysteries are featured. Pupils create their own detective stories and publish them in a book format. They must also try their hand at solving mysteries by using inductive reasoning skills. A highly recommended series of plans that are sure to be a hit!
The working conditions in the cotton mills at the turn of the 20th century are the focus of a series of activities that ask learners to examine primary source documents written from different perspectives. In the first activity, groups study a pamphlet published by the National Child Labor Committee. The included photographs document the use of children as young as eight years of age and reveal the conditions in the mills. For the second activity, groups look at a weekly newsletter published by the mill owners. Finally, the class listens to oral histories narrated by mill workers. After a whole class discussion, individuals craft a critical analysis of the documents, identifying the intended audience, the author’s purpose and the central arguments of each document. The activities would fit nicely into a study of the Industrial Revolution and the development of labor laws.
You can't publish a story until after it has been revised and edited! Budding authors investigate the writing process while drafting an original story. They select a topic, complete a rough draft, edit it, revise it, and finally publish their original work. No writing topics are provided, but consider brainstorming with your class before sending them off to write!
Every child is an author with this engaging reading activity. First the class reviews the various parts of a book such as the title, author, dedication, and author-biography. Then each individual will choose a story of their own to publish by putting it in the format of a real book. These kid-authored books can then become part of the class library. Note: This lesson is part of a series, so some pre-step may need to be completed before starting.
Inspiration Software provides templates to assist writers in developing an essay. The richly detailed plan and colorful graphic organizers show what is involved in creating a good essay. The Writing Process template models the prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing steps. Use the Essay Planner template to help class members organize their ideas. Examples, adaptations and extensions are included. A great resource for your curriculum library.