Project URL: http://teachnet-lab.org/mbhs/btao/country.htm
How it works:
This project is a follow-up activity to the story
"China's Little Ambassador," by Betty Bao Lord. While reading this story about a girl who moved from China to New York,
the students became more interested in the home countries of their classmates. They chose a home country
(other than their own) and navigated the Internet for source information on the country. Students were highly motivated
to conduct web-based research. They practiced note-taking skills and integrated the facts they learned to design a
travel brochure for the selected country. With the use of computer technology, they created
travel brochures with different layouts. They presented their brochures orally in class and published their own work on the
class web site.
Standards addressed in this unit:
- Use the Internet to locate and comprehend information related
to the project;
- Analyze and integrate facts and ideas to communicate
- Produce a report demonstrating an understanding of the rules of the English language.
Computer with Internet access, Microsoft Word,
Microsoft Publisher, web page editor such as Netscape Composer
This project helps motivate ESL students and generates enthusiasm in
reading and writing the English language. The navigation of the Internet for information research enhances their reading comprehension and note-taking skills. The follow-up activities of report writing for a travel brochure, and an oral presentation of the brochure, enables students to experience more active practice of speaking and writing the English
First of all, students will be able to enhance their comprehension in English through research on
the Internet. Secondly, students can experiment with descriptive brochure writing. With computer technology, they have
multiple and diverse opportunities to speak, read, and write in English.
It is important to emphasize to students that they should describe and communicate information in their own words instead of copying and
pasting. Teachers need to provide students with an editing checklist for common
errors. You may also want to provide additional web sites with
Bei Qi Tao has been an ESL teacher at Murry
Bergtraum High School for eight years. She is a TeachNet Project
mentor. Teaching is a great joy to her, and she enjoys introducing her students to the excitement of cyberspace.
Subject Area: ESL
Estimated class periods to complete: 8
Grade levels: 10-12