Lesson Plan: Researching Writing Conventions using the Internet Activities By: Chrissy Jarvis Introduction: In preparation for the

4th grade state writing tests, students will refocus on the necessity of proper writing conventions. This will help them produce polished compositions to be scored for OAKS. They will focus on CUPS: capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling. Students should enter this lesson with a writing composition that is at least in rough draft form. Content Area and Grade or Age Level of Students: 4th grade Language Arts Objectives: y Students will be able to edit their writing for proper conventions. y Students will determine the difference between each of the convention areas. y Students will be able to write a multi-paragraph composition that correctly uses conventions in writing (Spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization) Oregon Standards Addressed: Writing y y EL.04.WR.11 ± Multi-paragraph composition EL.04.WR.15-20 ± Writing conventions

Educational Technology y y ET.3.C Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks. ET.6.B Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Relative Advantage: Ability to self-edit errors of capitalization, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Students will have and increased awareness and usage of proper conventions. Timeline: 30 minutes per convention computer time. 15 minute session for editing per convention, 30-45 minutes for writing polished composition.

Materials: Computer with Internet access, pencil, paper, dictionary, writing sample, book - Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss. Learning Activities: Part 1: Overview of CUPS. Discuss the necessity of CUPS in writing. Read the book Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss so students realize the importance of conventions in writing. Part 2: Student will log on to the Internet to complete an activity in each of the conventions areas. After completing, they will record and report their results. Capitalization ± Play Wanna be a Billionaire at http://reviewgamezone.com/games2/etc/billionaire.php?test_id=304&title= Capitalization to test your capitalization expertise. Or play Catch It! http://www.brainpopjr.com/readingandwriting/sentence/capitalandlowercase /scrollingbackground/ Usage ± Students will go to Wacky Web Tales http://www.eduplace.com/tales/content/wwt_062.html. This activity will help them understand the proper use of words in writing, including parts of speech. Punctuation ± Play Grammar Blast at http://www.eduplace.com/cgibin/hme-quizstart.cgi?Grade=4&Unit=5&Topic=Capitalization+and+Punctuation&x=48&y =16 Spelling ± To check spelling mastery go to Spell A Roo at http://www.funbrain.com/spellroo/index.html and choose the Intermediate level. Another good spelling assessment tool is a virtual Boggle game ± Word Strips at http://www.roadtogrammar.com/strips/ . Part 3 Upon completion of activities students will rewrite rough-drafts using all conventions correctly. Students will submit final copies for evaluation.

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Summative assessment - Students will apply the use of conventions throughout the activities and the scores they receive. Formative assessment - Students will demonstrate proper use of conventions from their final copy of their written composition.

Adaptations for Learners with Special Needs: Students needing adaptive assistance can use a screen reader, a Word document for their compositions, headphones, interpretive software, or adaptive keyboards. References: Oregon Department of Education. (2007). Instructional Technology Common Curriculum Goals. Retrieved from http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/standards/sbd.aspx Truss, L., (2006). Eats, Shoots & Leaves. City: Gotham.

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