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Keywords: ideas, collaboration, wiki, writing, Want Ad, word choice
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Technology
Grades 4 through 9
School: Nespelem Elementary School, Nespelem, WA
Planned By: Sheri Edwards
Original Author: Sheri Edwards, Nespelem
Create two wiki pages with the following expectations and directions:

Create a Wiki Direction Page with these Directions, Goals, and Objectives, and Samples:

A Want Ad Directions:

Why do we need to write? To communicate, of course. But communication of information can be interesting by using a different form. Take Want Ads. They tell you what people want to buy or rent or ?????? Hmmmm. Read the want ad below --- could you apply for this job?

Wanted

Diligent and independent workers with a sense of humor willing to add spice to daily journeys into the unknown. Must bring own tools (pens, pencils, paper, ideas, stories, poems, wonderful words) the use of which may answer a question, solve a problem, or entertain a friend. Must be open to new ideas and strategies that will bring improvement to the whole process and journey. Most importantly, must demonstrate collaborative abilities in working with people. If you have a smile on your face, a quick joke to lighten the day, a hand open to work with others, an independent streak to focus and follow-through, then please apply at 555-4541 for a joyous journey into writing.

Now try a reflective and fun ad on your own topic, such as skateboarding, txting, hoops, etc.?

Lesson Goals

Overview

This project shows how well you can transform ideas into a different form/genre/mode of writing:
* We can brainstorm/prewrite knowledge about a person, yourself, a topic
* Rather than simply write a paragraph or summary, we can create a Want Ad that includes clear, specific information using the terminology of a Want Ad
* Collaborate with others to critique and revise for best ideas and word choice

Objectives

This project should demonstrate that you can:
* Gather and organize ideas
* Choose appropriate, interesting, styled words that fit the topic (your choice) and the form (Want Ad)
* Allow feedback/revisions from others to revise the Want Ads


Assignment 1

Create a WANT AD about yourself. Be precise and detailed. Keep asking yourself, What else? What else?

Be prepared to share in some way in class (read all of it; share a part; let someone else share it with the class).

Keep your drafts on the Fun Ad Project Wiki Page. We'll watch them improve as you change them, and as your peers offer praise and suggestions.

What to include:

clear ideas
logical order
words that whistle about you--show who you are
words specific to a Want Ad


Assignment 2

Create a WANT AD on a topic of your choice. Be precise and detailed. Keep asking yourself, What else? What else?

Be prepared to share in some way in class (read all of it; share a part; let someone else share it with the class).

Keep your drafts on the Fun Ad Project Page. We'll watch them improve as you change them, and as your peers offer praise and suggestions.

What to include:

clear ideas
logical order
words that whistle about you--show who you are
words specific to a Want Ad


SAMPLE

Shee
T08
9/30/05
Want Ad--third draft
Pencils


WANTED

New pencils. Number 2. Multi-colored or Golden Yellow. Must be filled with imagination, stories, and reports revealed by sharp points easily flowing onto any kind of paper as soon as the graphite grabs the page. Ideas must be detailed and descriptive, defined by deciding the best fit for the phrase by an ever-pink eraser that immediately knows which words to wipe away. Apply sharpened and ready to write at my desk before 9:00 AM Monday morning.

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Create a Wiki Collaborative page with these directions that link to the above direction page. This is the page the students will add their Want Ads and comments:

Reflective Want Ads

Overview

This project shows how well you can transform ideas into a different form/genre/mode of writing:
* We can brainstorm/prewrite knowledge about a person, yourself, a topic
* Rather than simply write a paragraph or summary, we can create a Want Ad that includes clear, specific information using the terminology of a Want Ad

Objectives

This project should demonstrate that you can:
* Gather and organize ideas
* Choose appropriate, interesting, styled words that fit the topic (your choice) and the form (Want Ad)
* Collaborate with others to revise the Want Ads for detailed ideas and excellent word choice
* Offer feedback (what did you like? what did you find interesting? what surprised you?)

Writers

Add your name and role to your entry:

* ___________________, Author
* ____________________, Reviser
* ___________________, Critic

Include your student code name, role and date to receive credit for each of these:
* writing a draft in edit mode,
* revising a draft in edit mode,
* critiquing a draft in the comments.

Timeline

* Start Date: Any time
* End Date: Let your teacher know when you are ready to publish outside of the wiki.


Write your Want Ads below. Critique an ad in the comment area with feedback (what did you like? what did you find interesting? what surprised you?).



Comments
Lesson allows students to critique and revise work in collaboration through the use of two wiki pages -- one for directions and one for the directions and student work.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
History: Want Ad for needed leaders or to describe historical leaders.
Science: Want Ad to describe scientific terms, events, actions.
Follow-Up
Analyze and rate the level of details and elaboration in the ideas and the effective language style of word choices.
Materials: Authoring and Publishing, Word Processor, Writing, Literacy, Reading, English/Language Arts, Web Page, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 1 wiki content management system (pbwiki, WetPaint, WikiSpaces, $Free each