ERIC Number: ED326878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-27
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Can the Computer Lab Pull Its Weight as a Classroom?
Jacobus, Kristina; And Others
It does not take a computer expert to teach students how to use word processing software to prewrite, write, revise, and edit a professional-looking paper. Just a small amount of expertise allows students to work independently as long as they have access to a computer and the necessary software. The computer also facilitates interactive learning and collaborative writing. "The Story Drawer" is an assignment that produces good collaborative writing. The class is divided into small groups, and each member of the group chooses an item from the drawer. Individually, the students are asked to use the prewriting activity called cubing. Students then work in small groups to develop a main character, a character sketch, and a plot summary. Students then write sections of the story and use the word processing software to revise and edit their collaboratively written story. One such story, entitled "A War of Words," is included in this paper to illustrate the kind of narrative that the "Story Drawer" assignment produces. (Appendixes on cubing, developing a persona, and story mapping are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English Conference (Springfield, IL, October 27, 1990).