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TeachNet Everywhere Grant: Take Someone to Dinner

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How it works:
This online project is based on a children's game where students are asked, "if you could take three people to dinner, who would you choose?" The students write stories about their three guests in essay-style. Resources should be cited, with a combination of Internet and print references. Their story becomes a class project that will be turned into a web page, and the link submitted to the "Take Someone to Dinner" project.

Students will be able to:
-Use the Internet and the library as research tools.
-Write an essay using the 5-paragraph format.
-Write a well-written story.
-Improve keyboarding skills through creative writing.
-Define the terms "hero" and "heroine."
-Identify character traits of heroes and heroines.
-Apply critical thinking skills to consider the various choices people have made in depicting heroes.
-Demonstrate proper behavior in social situations.
-Scan and email photographs and drawings.

Overall value:
This project is a study in using a child's imagination to gain a better sense of how heroes can affect people's lives. Hopefully, it will also teach students the importance of finding true heroes to emulate.

Because this project is on the web, it allows people from all over the world to post their heroes to the site. Classes can then talk about how different cultures look at heroes, and can compare and contrast choices according to location.

Standards addressed:  
iste's National Education Technology Standards:
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems; Students are proficient in the use of technology; Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity; Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works; Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences; Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences; Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources; Students use technology tools to process data and report results; Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks; Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions; Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.

Language Arts National Standards:
Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies of the writing process; Demonstrates competence in the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing; Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies for reading a variety of informational texts.

Students, teachers and schools are also encouraged to have a "Take Someone to Dinner" program where they actually take someone to dinner, perhaps a special dinner for local heroes, such as firefighters or police officers. They could even have a dinner for an imaginary guest and then send proceeds to a local charity or to purchase something for the school.

Rosemary Shaw

About the teacher:
Rosemary Shaw teaches web design/computer technology at Millennium Middle School, a fine arts magnet school in Orlando, Fl. She won a Disney Teacherrific award for her "Backstage at Millennium", a web site that links elementary students to students in the middle grades at Millennium.


Subject Areas:     
Language Arts
Social Studies  

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