Project 1: Writers' Network

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Malcolm Robertson - Grade 5/Special Needs Teacher
(mroberts@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Linda Reader - Primary Special Needs Teacher

School: Pasadena Elementary (Holy Rosary School)
Pasadena, NF
AOL 1KO
Grade Level: Grades 1 - 6
Number of Students: It will be open to any students in any class who wish to post their original writing to one of the Writers' Network three student newsgroups.
Project Start and Finish Dates: February 1 - June 1. This project will be ongoing for the rest of this school year.

  Project Overview

This project will help foster excellence in student writing throughout the school, linking the students with other communities in the province to develop computer literacy and critical thinking skills.

This project will be used in conjunction with the primary and elementary language arts curriculum as one way of editing and publishing children's own written work. They will get feedback on a variety of topics covered in the curriculum, as well as use different methods of writing i.e. letter writing, poetry, storywriting, note-taking, etc.

  Learning Outcomes

  • Participation in an on-line peer editing program.
  • Exchange of ideas and opinions among participants.
  • Production of wide variety of student writing across genres, grade levels and locales.
  • Creation of classroom and school environments that will motivate and encourage children to use and produce language.
  • Development of students' creative and critical thinking skills.

These learning outcomes will tie in with the provincial language arts curriculum outcomes some of which are:

  • Students will be able to select, read, and view with understanding a range of literature, information, media and visual texts.
  • Students will be able to interpret, select and combine information using a variety of strategies, resources, and technologies.
  • Students will respond critically to a range of texts applying their understanding of language, form, and genre.

  Evaluation

Process Skills:

  • Students will be able to post own writings to the newsgroups of the Writer's Network.
  • Students will use the Writer's Network Homepage to read and respond to articles that have been posted by other students around the province.
  • Students will be able to read their own posted articles and report at the appropriate Writers' Network newsgroup a final version based on criticisms received.
  • Students will prepare graphic images to accompany articles that are selected for Windows: Newfoundland and Labrador's Young Writers.
  • Students will make use of word processing software.

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