Project 2: E-Stories

General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teacher: Austin Simms (Corner Brook, NF)
asimms@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

Frank Miracola (Armada, Michigan)

School:J.J. Curling Elementary School
Woodbine Avenue
Corner Brook, NF
A2H 3P2
785-2814/5014 FAX. 785-2042
Grade Level:Grade 5
Number of Students:54 (27 students per school)
Project Start and Finish Dates:Second Term (March, April)

This project is entitled "e - Stories" and will involve my Grade 5 class cooperating with another Grade 5 class in Armada, Michigan, for the purpose of writing an animal story utilizing the various stages of the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and publishing).

The project will require that:

  • Each student be twinned with a student, at the other school, based on the animal chosen;
  • Each student research the chosen animal utilizing the internet, encyclopedias, as well as other reference materials;
  • Each student share their research with their partner prior to the pre-writing stage;

Each student will write a beginning for the story; the partner will write the body of the story; and, the original writer will add the ending; and following the draft stage, the stories will be e-mailed back and forth for the purpose of revising and editing until the stories have reached the publishing stage.

When the stories have been polished and have attained the publishing seal of approval by both parties they will be attached to J. J. Curling Elementary Schools Web Page at the following location: http://www.k12.nf.ca/jjcurling/

  Curriculum Connections

E - Stories will be generated utilizing the curriculum areas of Language Arts and Social Studies as the students research and develop their stories based on their chosen animals. The story will be created along the lines of the "Who Cares" (Relationships Theme) of the Grade 5 Language Arts Program, where the students are exposed to a variety of situations in which animals (pets and wild animals) are either appreciated or abused. The students are required to view their own feelings and experiences about animals as they come to appreciate that people who care, have good perceptions about the needs of animals; those who don't, are more prone to abuse them.

The intended learning outcomes of this project are as follows:

  • Students will understand and use the language of writing, eg. drafting, revising, description;
  • Students will seek out information from teachers and peers about their own writing;
  • Students will use pre-writing techniques ie. brainstorming, jot noting, drawing upon experiences, using literature as a model of good writing, webbing, using a computer to access data bases, etc.);
  • Students will engage in a drafting process ie. organizing information from pre-writing stage, sequencing the information and preparing a meaningful first draft;
  • Students will revise for organization and style;
  • students will edit their word processed work for appropriate use of language conventions ie. capital letters, punctuation, standard spelling, use of affixes, etc.; and
  • Students will engage in the publishing process by sharing their writing.

This project will address the intended learning outcomes for Technology Education in the elementary level Communications Domain as follows:

  • An understanding of the nature of online communications and its limitations;
  • Identify ways in which information and communications technologies are used;
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of selected communications technologies;
  • Use communications technologies to build new knowledge from existing information;
  • Use communication technologies to collaborate with students/teachers and others at a distance to gain understanding of problems and opportunities in production and control, in energy and power and in biotechnology.

  Resource Connections

The Stellar Schools Internet will greatly help bring this project to fruition. Without it, the project would probably have to be aborted as currently we have only the staffroom single computer connection to the internet. Our Computer Lab presently consists of approximately 15 Win NT networked workstations. So with some minor upgrading of the server and modem we would be ideally suited to establish an internet lab connection enabling a large number of student access to the WWW.

We are hoping to borrow or possibly purchase a scanner to assist with this project. The scanner would enable the students to see a picture of their partners prior to engaging in the project; and to share scanned photos from print materials, especially during the pre-writing stage as well as at other times during project.   Evaluation

  • Students will develop literacy in English through these communications experiences.
  • Students will make contact with peers in another country for the purpose of sharing interests as it relates to animals.
  • Students will explore sources of information on technological issues that arise during their study of animals and share same with their American counterparts.
  • Students will display an understanding of the nature of online communications and its limitations.
  • Students will identify ways in which information and communications technologies are used.
  • Students will identify advantages and disadvantages of selected communications technologies.
  • Students will use communications technologies to build new knowledge from existing information.
  • Students will use communication technologies to collaborate with students/teachers and others at a distance to gain understanding of problems and opportunities in production and control, in energy and power and in biotechnology.
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