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Keywords: email
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Writing, Spelling, Information Skills
Grades 7 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Henry T Gage Middle School, Huntington Pk, CA
Planned By: Paul Rallion
Original Author: Paul Rallion, Huntington Pk
1. Anticipatory Set
- Focus/Transfer: E-mail is part of the internet, the largest network of computers in the world. Telegraph messages and Morse Code transmissions are grand-parents of e-mail communication in that they are means of electronic messaging. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, personal computers became popular and in the 1990’s, companies started to use email within their local networks for their employees to communicate. As the internet became available to more people, email became a convenient way of communication.
- Objective: Students will learn how to use email to communicate with others.

2. Instruction
A few tips about email:
Do not assume e-mail is completely secure.
Do not send abusive messages. If you receive one, ignore it.
Try to keep your e-mail messages short.
Avoid upper case only. IT LOOKS AS IF YOU ARE SHOUTING.
Students will learn how to send an email message.
- Check for understanding: Students will be asked questions about email.

3. Guided Practice
To get started and send an email, click “Compose Mail,” and then fill in these fields:
To: Type the email address of the person you wish to write to.
Cc: Use “carbon copy” if you wish to send a copy of this email to someone else.
Bcc: Use “blind carbon copy” if you wish to send a copy of this email to someone else, but you don’t want the “To” and “Cc” people to know you’re also sending “Bcc” a copy. Subject: Give an idea to the reader what the email is going to be about.
The field below is for you to type your message. When you are finished, click: “Send.” If you wish to send an attachment, click “Attach a File” and select the file(s) you wish to attach.
- Activity: Have students exchange email messages.

4. Closure
Students take quiz on email theory.

5. Independent Practice
Homework: Students send a file attachment to the teacher.

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