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Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies

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Editor(s): Mary Christel, Scott Sullivan

Editors Mary T. Christel and Scott Sullivan present a new set of lessons designed to help you integrate a variety of digital applications—Web 2.0 and beyond—into the courses and units you’re already teaching.

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Level(s): Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 9780814127971

Stock No.: 27971


Technologies and their instructional applications change. As teachers, we need to learn to change with them.

To help us capitalize on technologies and tools students may be using outside of the classroom, Mary T. Christel and Scott Sullivan have compiled a follow-up to their successful 2007 collection, Lesson Plans for Creating Media-Rich Classrooms, with a new set of lessons designed to help you integrate a variety of digital applications—Web 2.0 and beyond—into the courses and units you’re already teaching.

These lessons are organized around four themes: Getting started, the collaborative classroom, composing and researching, and literature study. Each lesson presents a rationale, a description of the activity, assessment suggestions, and connections and adaptations of the individual lesson to larger curricular contexts and to commonly used literary texts, as well as to a set of objectives and to the NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts.

Specific lessons include:

  • Training students to evaluate and participate in wiki culture
  • Understanding voice, audience, and purpose on social networking sites
  • Developing the digital process portfolio
  • Creating a classroom Ning
  • Using discussion boards
  • Collaborating, composing, and communicating using Google Docs
  • Using word clouds to teach reading, writing, and revision
  • Improving reading skills and/through interactive technology
  • Podcasting the traditional book review
  • Using microblogging to explore character and style

The text includes numerous teacher resources and also directs readers to a companion website that offers student handouts, more resources for teachers, and samples of student work.

280 pp. 2010. Grades 7–12.

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