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Keywords: email, Google Mail
Subject(s): Writing, Podcasting, Technology, Business, 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: 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 send and receive electronic mail (e-mail) using Google’s web-based e-mail service: Gmail.

2.- Instruction
- First, sign up for a Google account. Select a username and a password. You email address is something like this: [email protected]
- Click on “Mail” so you can send, receive, and manage your emails. 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.
- Check for understanding: Students will be asked questions as they get ready to send their first email message.

3.- Guided Practice
- Teacher reviews the steps to compose a new email message.
- Activity: Have students send each other an email message. Have them send you one and reply with a quick “I received your message. Good job.” As a later assignment, have students send you a word processor document as an attachment.

4.- Closure
- Students take quiz on email.
- Students keep their email account for future use.

5.- Independent Practice
- Homework: Email.

Source: My COMPUTeachER, The Computer Book for Everyone. Get your copy at www.PaulRallion.com

Materials: Flash/USB Drives