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When you get ready to write out your lesson plan use the format below. You can use ClarisWorks to create this document. Use whatever part of Claris that you're comfortable using. Database, Spreadsheet, or Word Processing would all work for this project. Below you'll find an example for using spreadsheet to write up your plan. Keep in mind that if using spreadsheet, there are limits to the number of characters that you can fit into each cell.

After you have created your lesson plan save it to your Homework folder.

Lesson Plan Template:

 

When the above spreadsheet is copied and pasted into Claris HomePage and tweaked a bit, this is what it will look like:

Subject Area:

Language Arts

Grade level:

3

General description:

Students will explore literature written by Jan Brett and will communicate with the author via e-mail.

Materials needed:

books written by Jan Brett, computer with access to Internet and e-mail

Time required:

three library periods

Special Characteristics:

This is a collaborative lesson involving the use of e-mail

Objectives:

  1. Students will discover that they can have personal contact with a famous author via email.
  2. Students will learn that each of us is an author and that what we contribute as writers is meaningful to others.
  3. Students will be able to work collaboratively to come up with a class comment or question and book review.

Technology Performance Objectives:

  1. Students will use e-mail for communication and information gathering purposes.

Preparation:

Into: (Preparation) Students will already have been introduced to a number of books by Jan Brett.

In the library:

  1. Introduce the class to Jan Brett's homepage.
  2. Link to " About Jan Brett's Books"
  3. Listen to Jan Brett speak about her books.
  4. Briefly share some of the other links at the site including "Activities"

Procedure:

Through: (Learning Activities)

In the library:

  1. Using the guiding questions, collaboratively come up with a list of questions or comments the class wishes to email to Ms. Brett. Narrow down to one question or comment.
  2. One student types in and submits the e-mail while others observe.

Guiding Questions:

  1. What are some ways that authors might get ideas for the themes, characters, settings, in their books?
  2. How do you come up with ideas for writing a story?
  3. If Jan Brett cam to visit us, what would you ask her?

In the classroom:

  1. Book Nook is introduced by the teacher on the Internet.
  2. Example of a book review and the template are reviewed.
  3. Students collaboratively come up with a book review for one of Jan Brett's books.
  4. Book review is submitted.
  5. Posting of book review is critiqued and reviews of other books read to help students become interested in specific titles.

Assessment:

Assessment:

  1. Teacher/Librarian observation- Question: Were students able to work collaboratively to reach learner outcomes? Question: Can students list the proper steps required to communicate with an author using e-mail?
  2. Reflective writing by students- Students will share their feelings about corresponding with a famous author and about having the opportunity to share their critique of a book on the internet.

Evaluation:

  1. Students will share their feelings about corresponding with a famous author and about having the opportunity to share their critique of a book on the internet.

Extension:

  1. Further explore Jan Brett's website for more activities which can be done in class.
  2. Book reviews of interest to students from the Book Nook may be shared on the morning broadcast.
  3. Book reviews by our students may be posted on our school website.
  4. Students may explore other author websites of interest.

Resources:

  1. Jan Brett's Home Page: http://www.janbrett.com/index.html
  2. Book Nook: http://i-site.on.ca/booknook.html

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This course was developed as a part of the
1999 Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Summer Institute.
For more information about this course contact Debi Tisdell (debi_tisdell@notes.k12.hi.us)