Goal Directed Learning: Adoption Level

5-8 Lesson

"Please Allow me to Introduce Myself": Interactive Narrative Writing

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Grade Level

8

Classroom Configuration

  • Whole group and one to one, in a computer lab or mobile lab setting

Common Core State Standards: ELA
Text Types and Purposes*
8.W.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
a. Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and pint of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
b. Use narratives techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
c. Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show relationships among among experiences and events.
d. use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory langauge to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
e. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.
Production and Distribution of Writing
8.W.5
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Range of Writing
8.W.10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two).

Arizona Educational Technology Standards (2009)

  1. Strand 1: Creativity and Innovation
    1. Concept 1: Knowledge and Ideas. Use Technology to generate knowledge and new ideas.
      1. PO 1. Analyze information to generate new ideas and products.
  2. Strand 1: Creativity and Innovation
    1. Concept 2: Models and Simulations. Use digital models and simulations to examine real-world connections, explore complex systems and issues, and enhance understanding.
      1. PO 2. Explore and experiment with system variables using models or simulations.

Objectives

  1. Students will be able to create a new file and share this file with two individuals online.
  2. Students will be able to write a character trait outline in which they write personal information, special talents, and career interests in the first person.
  3. Students will be able to receive and give written feedback in an online environment.

Procedure

  1. Use this example from Ezine on the Top 10 Tips on How to Write About Yourself

in order to clarify the purpose of the writing assignment.

  1. After reading the article, create an example of a personal narrative together. Or show a previously made example to students.
  2. Using Google Docs or other shared Internet collaborative site applications, show students how to create a new file, name it, and share it with one other student and the teacher.
  3. Based on the tips and example from the article, students will write about themselves in three paragraphs and share with the teacher and a partner.
  4. Partner student and the teacher will edit each student’s file for appropriate punctuation, grammar, etc.
  5. Students rewrite their files to reflect necessary corrections.

Materials

  1. Computer with Internet connection
  2. Google Applications (or other open source word processing and collaboration application) accounts set up for teacher and students
  3. Projector
  4. Interactive whiteboard, optional
  5. Student computers with Internet connection

Assessment

Ongoing assessment takes place as the student is able to see the teacher’s corrections and the peer editing from the student. The final assessment is the final draft of the writing piece.

 

Technology Integration Matrix

Active

Collaborative

Constructive

Authentic

Goal Directed