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Tricks of the Trade: Infusing Technology in the Middle School Writing Process Erica Hartman, Sparta Middle School Task Your task today is to explore all of the uses of technology in the writing process, including concept mapping software, digital editing, and online publishing.
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Erica Hartman, Sparta Middle School
Your task today is to explore all of the uses of technology in the writing process, including concept mapping software, digital editing, and online publishing.
Using a writing sample, you will use the above technology to brainstorm, edit, proofread, revise, and finally publish a completed piece of prose on the Internet.
Brainstorming: the process of generating ideas about a particular idea Prewriting: the process of organizing ideas in preparation for writing Composing: turning the ideas into prose Peer Editing: gaining feedback from another reader on style, construction, ideas, etc. Revising: creating a second draft of the writing piece based on feedback Editing: identifying and correcting errors in grammar, spelling, etc. Publishing: presenting your writing piece to an appropriate audience
Go to the Inspiration Web site to download a trial copy if you do not have the software.
You can kick brainstorming up a notch by teaching students to attach particular graphics and colors to their ideas. As students make higher order decisions about depicting their thoughts in the diagram, their ideas are clarified and they are closer to being able to write.
Composing the draft using Microsoft Word gives the writer the option of saving the rough draft, 2nd draft, and final draft as the same document, but different versions to show progression
A great feature of Microsoft Word is “Insert Comment. ” Students can email you or a peer their rough drafts and you can insert a comment. Click Here for an example.
you may want to “track changes”. This lets you see how many times they went back to revisit their work.
Using a Smartboard and an LCD Projector, ask students to anonymously volunteer to have their draft projected on the screen. They can get simultaneous feedback from teachers and peers in MUGS (mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling), word choice, sentence structure, etc.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Visit one of the sites below to publish your work on-line. Some charge a small, one-time fee, but you can now call yourself a PUBLISHED author! You can create your own web site and publish anything you want for free!