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Communicating with Mentors

Collaborative Learning | Infusion Level | Language Arts

Objectives

  • Students will select and use a variety of electronic media, such as the Internet, information services, and desktop publishing software programs, to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.
  • Students will write fluently for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes, making appropriate choices regarding style, tone, level of detail, and organization.
  • Students will use effective strategies for informal and formal discussions, including listening actively and reflecting, connecting to and building on the ideas of a previous speaker, and respecting the viewpoints of others.

Procedure

  • Students work in groups on different research projects based on a problem (i.e., Clearing up Red Tide, What Have You Been Eating, Stop the Noise, etc.)
  • Groups have team meetings to talk about their topics and discuss issues. For the first team meeting, ask students to discuss who their mentors will be. The groups need to discuss issues such as:
    • Whom they sent emails to?
    • Did they receive responses?
    • What are the mentors' specialties?
    • Are they going to use them?
    • What team member is going to
    • communicate with that person?
  • Each team should record information about mentors in their Communication Log with Mentor (created with Excel).
  • Based on the information each group has found, they need to decide what information do they still need to find.
  • Teams work on creating websites based on the problem statements that they had.
  • The teams will share their websites with their mentors.

Sunshine State Standards

  • LA.A.2.4.4
  • LA.A.2.4.8
  • LA.B.2.4.2
  • LA.B.2.4.3
  • LA.B.2.4.4
  • LA.C.1.4.3
  • SC.G.2.4.5
  • SC.G.2.4.6
  • HE.B.2.4.1
  • VA.A.1.4.1

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Make informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services.
  • Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating personal/professional information (e.g., finances, schedules, addresses, purchases, correspondence)
  • Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publication, communication, and productivity.
  • Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem solving, and decision making in content learning.
  • Collaborate with peers, experts, and others to contribute to a content-related knowledge base by using technology to compile, synthesize, produce, and disseminate information, models, and other creative works.

Materials

  • Computers
  • Internet access
  • Email program (i.e., Microsoft Outlook)
  • Excel
  • Microsoft Word

Grade Level: 9-12