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Susan Cooper’s The Boggart & CALL. By Barbara Dall & Jana Pedemonte Fall 1998 GSL 520. Description of Class. Language Proficiency: High Intermediate to Advanced Previous Computer Work: Proficiency in word processing, e-mail, web site production

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Susan cooper s the boggart call

Susan Cooper’s The Boggart& CALL

By Barbara Dall &

Jana Pedemonte

Fall 1998

GSL 520

Description of class
Description of Class

  • Language Proficiency: High Intermediate to Advanced

  • Previous Computer Work: Proficiency in word processing, e-mail, web site production

  • Class Make-up: 20 middle school students of mixed language backgrounds

  • Class Goal: Final class project to synthesize year-long language and computer skills


  • Computer Needs:

    • Computer for each group of students

    • Web production program--Front Page

    • Internet access

    • Word Processing program

  • Other Classroom Materials:

    • Books on Scotland, castles, Scottish folk tales

    • Scottish music on tapes, CD

    • Pictures, posters, food, clothing of Scotland


  • Language

    • Practice creative and factual report writing

    • Synthesize writing, listening, research and discussion skills

    • Produce process and edited written work through e-mail and web page

    • Use process writing (e-mails) to create class book of stories (edited writing)

  • Computer

    • Reinforce all skills taught throughout the year

Procedures for writing activities i iii
Procedures for Writing Activities I-III

  • Review e-mail tandem story writing procedures

  • Read directions for the writing activities

  • Use the buttons to complete the task

  • Use e-mail to complete the activity

Procedure for web page creation
Procedure for Web Page Creation

  • Review computer research and web creation skills

  • Explore castle sites in small groups

  • Divide tasks within groups

  • Note information and sites for web pages

  • Build web page

Activity i
Activity I

  • Read pages 62-64 (the scene where the Boggart enters the house and eats the chocolate sauce). With your e-mail partner, write the next chapter of the story.

  • To listen to the story, click

  • To listen and read the story, click here.

  • To read the story by yourself, click here.

  • For help with vocabulary, click here

Activity i continued
Activity I continued

  • Write a paragraph and send it to your partner

  • Read what your partner has written and add the next paragraph to continue the story

  • Continue back and forth writing the paired story until done

Activity ii
Activity II

  • Listen to an excerpt from Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave”

  • The music store salesman tells Emily, “See if you can find the words inside it. They say ‘How lovely the sea is!’” (p. 81)

  • Do you agree? Write your e-mail partner with your opinion.

Activity iii
Activity III

  • Emily writes to Tommy to tell him of the Boggart’s antics in Toronto. Tommy makes some suggestions about how to make the Boggart want to come home. (p. 142)

  • To see what a Boggart’s home could look like, visit Torosay Castle or Duart Castle, both on the Isle of Mull.

Activity iii continued
Activity III continued

  • How would you get the Boggart home?

  • Write your e-mail partner with your idea.

  • Will your partner’s idea work? Why or why not?

  • Respond to your partner

Activity iv
Activity IV

  • Create a castle web page

    • In small groups of 3-4, research information about castles.

    • Use the information to create a web site that highlights a part of Scottish castle life or history.

    • Your web page should contain factual information in paragraphs and graphics.

Some places to start
Some Places to Start…

  • Ian’s Land of Castles

  • Castles for Kids

  • Castles of Scotland


Potential problems
Potential Problems

  • Difficulties in reading the text. Will need to support students in reading the original text.

  • Computer glitches (have books available for back up)

  • Finding appropriate research sites for age/language proficiency of students

  • Monitor small groups for cooperation and production of all students.

Evaluation of student learning
Evaluation of Student Learning

  • Written texts evaluated for Vermont Writing Portfolio criteria

  • Web pages evaluated for appropriate content and graphics

  • Group work evaluated for cooperation, input of each student, and production of final project


  • Cooper, Susan. The Boggart. New York: McElderry Books, 1993.

  • Gravatt, Christopher. Castle. New York: Knopf, 1994.

  • Macaulay, David. Castle. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.

    • ----. Castle. PBS Video, 1983.

Bibliography cont
Bibliography cont.

  • Mendelssohn, Felix. The Hebrides--Overture (Fingal’s Cave) Op. 26. Chandos Records LTD, CHAN 8379.

  • Platt, Richard. Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections. New York: Knopf, 1992.

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