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ERIC Number: ED360399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Monsters Make Stories.
Mayland, Valen
This publication describes Monsters Make Believe, a computer-based, teacher-developed program for enhancing reading and writing instruction in the elementary grades. Motivation to read and write is provided by the creation of monsters. The software can even offer a vehicle that is able to write a descriptive paragraph. An overview describes a possible use of the software with a computer where a teacher reads a classic scary story and sets the mood with audio effects, and students are anxious to create the monster. The final writing can be a team effort where students list the descriptive adjectives, use them to form sentences, and finally form a paragraph. Students would choose a background, build the monster, save the creation to a disk, print it, and then write a description. The general objectives are described including using the computer to encourage writing, creating a monster graphic using a software program, writing a descriptive paragraph, encouraging reading, increasing computer skills, and developing higher order thinking skills. An outline/overview section describes lessons for 9 days of class work. Each lesson plan covers objectives, activities, materials, and homework. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: IMPACT II--The Teachers Network, New York, NY.