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All About Our Town: Using Brochures to Teach Informational Writing
|Grades||2 – 4|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Eight 40- to 60-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson (Puffin, 1995)
- City of Numbers by Stephen T. Johnson (Puffin, 1998)
- Chart paper
- Travel and attraction brochures
- A local phonebook and local maps
- Disposable cameras
- Computers with Internet access
- Overhead projector
- Assessment Rubric for Informational Writing
- City and Town Booklist
- Sample Our Town Brochure
- Editing Checklist
- New Town Interview Questions
- Brochure Planning Sheet
- Letter to Parents 1
- Letter to Parents 2
- Letter to Parents 3
- Camera Note
|1.||Obtain disposable cameras, about three for a class of twenty students. You may choose to ask a local store to donate them or to send a note home requesting funds to help purchase them (see Letter to Parents 1).
|2.||Make sure that students have permission to use the Internet, following your school policy. If you need to, reserve two 40-minute sessions in your school's computer lab. These do not need to be on consecutive days (see Sessions 3 and 4).
|3.||Visit and familiarize yourself with Top 10 Tips for Great Pictures. You may also want to bookmark it on your classroom or lab computers.
|4.||Gather a variety of resources about towns, cities, and travel including:
|5.||Decide how you will create the final brochure. You can use a program such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Publisher. Or you can use an online tool such as My Brochure Maker or the ReadWriteThink Printing Press. You will want to familiarize yourself with the software or tool you will be using and may want to generate some sample templates to share with the class. The Sample Our Town Brochure should give you some ideas about a brochure template; you may want to make copies of this to distribute to students.
|6.||Make copies of the Editing Checklist, New Town Interview Questions, Brochure Planning Sheet, and Camera Note for each student in the class. Edit the Letter to Parents 1, Letter to Parents 2, and Letter to Parents 3 as necessary and make copies for each student in the class. Make a transparency of the Paragraph Puzzle.