Project 1: Book Buddies

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Bernice Atkinson
Marilyn Bennett,
Gary Morgan &
Valerie Wells
School: Bishop Abraham Elementary
196 Pennywell Road
St. John's, NF
A1C 2L6
Tel: (709) 579-9071
Grade Level: K-6
Number of Students: Approximately 330
Project Start and Finish Dates: January 1999
- June 1999
Project's URL:

  Project Overview

As part of our school improvement theme, we are striving to improve expectations and achievements in the area of literacy. Many of our classes are participating in a "Buddy Reading" program and there is a designated time allocated everyday for all students to participate in DEAR TIME (Drop Everything And Read).
The Internet project we are proposing to establish will be an extension of the "Buddy Reading" program. Students (buddies) will read a variety of books, with varying genres, throughout the year and will cooperatively do a review of the books. These reviews will be entered into a word processor, edited, revised and published on-line for variety of audiences. This should foster an excellence in writing and writing conventions. Students will get an opportunity to view responses to their work and use the feedback to improve their next review. Students reading the reviews will be able to determine if the book is of interest or suitable to their reading ability.
The goal of this project is to motivate reading and encourage discussion of literature, to develop critical thinking skills and to use writing and computers as tools to communicate with others. (Beside this there will also be a lot of incidental learning.)

  Curriculum Connections

The main curriculum area to be addressed by the project is in the area of Language Arts.


Department of Education Learning Outcomes

  1. Cooperatively, summarize and express opinions on various genres of literature.
  2. Write for a variety of audiences.
  3. Engage in research process.
  4. Cooperatively, write, edit and revise material to be published on-line.

Project Links
  1. Read a variety of books, with "Reading Buddy" and write a review to be published on the Internet.
  2. Share reviews with others accessing the Internet.
  3. Visit various sites on the Internet to find books of interest or authors of interest.
  4. Use information literacy skills to develop a final book review to be published on the Internet.

Technology Education Learning Outcomes
  1. Use a word processor to write, edit and revise material to be published on-line.
  2. Develop a vocabulary of terms and language that relates to computers (i.e. modem, Netscape, e-mail, homepage, etc.).
  3. Use technology to communicate with others on the Internet.
  4. Use a scanner to get illustrations of stories published.

Project Links
  1. Use programs available in the computer lab to prepare work to be published on the Internet.
  2. Students will acquire an extensive list of terms that relate to the Internet as the year progresses.
  3. Students will publish their work on-line, but will also access e-mail, browsers for searching and other web sites to communicate with others.
  4. Illustrations, which are a big part of a storytelling for young children should be included with their text.

  Resource Connections

Creating homepages and having work published on-line will be a new experience for many students in our school. School is the only place where the majority of our students have an opportunity to access computers and the same will be true for the Internet. It is likely to be highly motivating and rewarding, which should enhance their performance in this area.

Other Resources which will be utilized include:

Since illustrating is such a large part of retelling a story for young children, it would be beneficial to have a scanner in the lab, so illustrations could be published along with written reviews.

  Evaluation

Expected Date
Outcome or Milestone
June Each student will have a book review on-line
June Students will communicate by working cooperatively and with technology
June Students will utilize a variety of books (genres) for their reviews
June Students will participate in a self-survey and indicate the success of the project

After students publish their reviews, they should get responses from readers of those reviews. These responses will likely elicit even more communication. Internal and external e-mail between students and staff will also provide students with ample opportunity to communicate in writing. Visiting other web sites and responding in some instances will promote communication around the world.

Students will indicate the book type, author, illustrator and publisher before initiating their review of books. This will enhance students' understanding of the process of book writing and publishing. They will also learn to follow standard copyright guidelines and appreciate the significance of these guidelines.

  Project Summary

Summaries will be added as they become available.

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