Project 1: Writers in Electronic Residence
This project is directed by York University of Toronto, under the leadership of Trevor Owen. Our school has been involved in this for the past three years. The project enables classes of comparable grade levels to be matched up for the purpose of sharing creative writing. The classes are spread across Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia. A strong component of the project is that not only do students receive feedback from others in their peer group but they also receive a very considered response from a professional adult writer. Students are encouraged to revise writings where necessary. Students get an opportunity not only to submit their own writing but to critique the writing of others.
The project addresses the curriculum area of Language Arts generally, and writing specifically. The nature of the interaction between student and audience helps the student develop a greater awareness of audience in the writing process. The revision suggestions given by the adult professionals and the peer groups help each young writer to be more critical of his/her work and to grow in the sophistication of one's work. The fact that each writer can compare his/her work to that of other writers in the same age category iv valuable in the process of determining one's level of writing skill. It serves as motivation and challenge to improve. WIER enables the student to "publish" his/her work in a truer sense than that of simply sharing work with one's own classmates, teacher, and parents.
The STELLAR Schools Internet connection will enable the users of the First Class Client software provided by WIER to link up with York University through its SLIP connection.
Learning outcomes are as follows:
The student will become more aware of "voice" in writing.
The student will develop skill in revising and editing.
The student will develop skill in discerning the value of peer writing.
The student will gain a greater awareness of the strengths/weaknesses in his/her