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Here students begin writing a story on one computer, then shift seats to add on to or finish their neighbor’s story

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, Language Arts  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

 

Title – Create a Story
By – Elaine Neetz
Primary Subject – Computers / Internet
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 9-12

In my classroom, there are four rows with six computer stations. For this lesson, I give the students a few minutes to decide on a story that they want to “write.”

The first instruction I give is for students to open a new MS Word document. I have them wait for my mark and then begin writing their story. They have two minutes to do this.

At the end of two minutes, students quickly move to the computer on their right, change the font color to red, read what was written, and continue writing the story. They have three minutes.

At the end of three minutes, students quickly move to the computer on their right, change the font color to green, read what was written, and continue writing the story. They have four minutes.

At the end of four minutes, students quickly move to the computer on their right, change the font color to orange, read what was written, and continue writing the story. They have five minutes.

At the end of five minutes, students quickly move to the computer on their right, change the font color to purple, read what was written, and continue writing the story. They have six minutes.

At the end of six minutes, students quickly move to the computer on their right, change the font color to blue, read what was written, and continue writing the story. They have seven minutes.

At the end of seven minutes, students should be back at their original computers. They are instructed to select all the text (CTRL>A), change the font color to black (default), and read what was written. They are to correct spelling, grammar and syntax, print the story for credit, and email it to their respective English teachers.

This is a great exercise for composing at the computer, and it gives students a chance to see how others write. For some students, they are interacting for the first time with other students in the class on a personal level.

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