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Keywords: Book report, digital publishing
Subject(s): Grammar, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 3 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Centerville Elementary School, Anderson, SC
Planned By: Brandy Greenlee
Original Author: Brandy Greenlee, Anderson
Standards: RF.4.4 Read with sufficient fluency to support comprehensions; RL.4.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text; W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information; W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly;W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience; W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources; W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational text to support analysis, reflection and research; SL.4.4 report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant descriptive details to support main idea or theme; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Objective: TSW create a persuasive writing, published within a choice digital platform.
1. TTW assign students to read a book of their choice to later research the author and present.
2. TSW read their chosen chapter book in a timely fashion.
3. TTW explain to students the final product - a digital author study. TTW present various choices: Blabberize; narrable; sliderocket, etc
4. TTW provide students with a 5 paragraph format for their research, to be used as a guide.
5. TSW use given technology to begin research the author of their book, using the teacher created jogtheweb site.
6. TSW write a persuasive essay that include research and "book report."
7. Upon review of essay by the teacher, students will purpose their publishing platform. After approval, students will use given technology to prepare and create their published work.
8. TSW present their published work to the class.
Materials: Technology for student use; internet research; paper; pencil; student chosen chapter book
Assessment: published persuasive writing
This is a project that can take as little as a week or as long as a few months, depending on the level of ability of your students. My gifted learners love the choices involoved with this activity/project, however we have not been able to publish these projects in any other format other than paper pencil.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This can be used to integrate Social Studies with a historical fiction book.
Once students are comfortable with the idea of research and publishing digitally, the options are endless.
Materials: Mobile Labs
Other Items: 20 iPad, $600 each, total of $12000.00