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Internet Usage and Online Communication

The Internet Usage and Online Communication unit teaches students vital skills for successfully navigating and searching the World Wide Web such as browsing basics, keyword searches, research strategies, information sourcing and ethics, and examination of information validity. Students also learn the basics of online communication such as email, instant messaging, blogs, community sites, podcasting, and digital collaboration.

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Grades

5-8

So Sayeth Thy Blog! (Updated!)

In this activity, students create and respond to blogs as they read and write about literature. To begin, the class is divided into two teams. Each team brainstorms prompts about the current reading and theme for the other team. The teams then break into pairs to respond to the prompts in their blogs. Students post blog entries in the first person as one of the main characters, and respond to other students' blogs in their own voices. As an extension, students watch a modern-day movie version of the literary work and blog a final movie review essay that compares and contrasts the movie to the original work and provides a movie review.

Application Exercises give students an opportunity to apply concepts they have learned in previous instruction. Work completed by a student will be graded through a variety of scoring options including participation and teacher assessment via rubric to provide flexibility with the type of grade sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook. Student work may include open-ended questions, correct/incorrect responses, a final product and/or self-assessment.

Application Exercise
Mixed Graded

Work completed by a student will be graded through a variety of scoring options including participation, student self-assessment and teacher assessment via rubric to provide flexibility with the type of grade sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook. Student work may include opened-ended questions, correct/incorrect responses, a final product and/or a self-assessment

Grades

5-8

Literary Hot Spots (Updated!)

Using mapping software and global navigation system (GPS) receivers, students collaborate to create a Shakespeare's London tour. Students choose at least five Shakespeare hot spots in and around London to plot. Using a matrix, students provide the longitude, latitude, altitude, and intersects of each particular spot. Once matrixes are complete student partners use navigation systems or maps to find the location of the coordinates. Students use the completed matrix to make sure all coordinates match their locations. Using these hot spots, students then create Shakespeare's London Tour Guidebooks.

Application Exercises give students an opportunity to apply concepts they have learned in previous instruction. Work completed by a student will be graded through a variety of scoring options including participation and teacher assessment via rubric to provide flexibility with the type of grade sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook. Student work may include open-ended questions, correct/incorrect responses, a final product and/or self-assessment.

Application Exercise
Mixed Graded

Work completed by a student will be graded through a variety of scoring options including participation, student self-assessment and teacher assessment via rubric to provide flexibility with the type of grade sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook. Student work may include opened-ended questions, correct/incorrect responses, a final product and/or a self-assessment

Grades

6-8

Booking Brian's Vacation (Updated!)

In this lesson, students (acting as travel agents) will research travel times and locations for when their friend, Brian, takes a vacation to the location of their choice. Students will not only use various mapping applications to calculate the costs associated with Brian's visit, but will utilize their knowledge of writing informational texts to create an itinerary for their time together. Building on their work, this activity will then ask students to think about the greater implications of their itinerary and how it can be used to benefit people around the globe.

Application Exercises give students an opportunity to apply concepts they have learned in previous instruction. Work completed by a student will be graded through a variety of scoring options including participation and teacher assessment via rubric to provide flexibility with the type of grade sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook. Student work may include open-ended questions, correct/incorrect responses, a final product and/or self-assessment.

Application Exercise
Mixed Graded

Work completed by a student will be graded through a variety of scoring options including participation, student self-assessment and teacher assessment via rubric to provide flexibility with the type of grade sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook. Student work may include opened-ended questions, correct/incorrect responses, a final product and/or a self-assessment