Lesson at a Glance

Students create appealing titles for their editorials. Then they publish their finished pieces on their Writing Matters class ezine.

Prep & Tech

Technology: LCD projector, laptop, Internet access or Writing Editorials CD, student computers with Internet access
In Class Handouts: 6.3a: Publish on Writing Matters
Other Materials: Student folders, writers’ notebooks, a draft of your editorial for the Teacher Model

Limited Tech Options

If there is no access to the technology needed for this lesson, try the following options:

  1. Mini Lesson: Instead of using a computer/LCD projector to model, use chart paper.
  2. Writer’s Work Time: Instead of instructing students to revise their drafts in a word processing document, ask them to edit their handwritten drafts. Instead of instructing students to submit their editorials to their Writing Matters class ezine, have them spend time reading, sharing and celebrating each others’ writing.

Objectives

Students will title their editorials. Students will submit their final pieces of writing to their Writing
Matters class ezine.

Focusing Question

How can you publish your editorial online?

Mini Lesson (15 min)

Show lesson visuals, Title and Publish.

Tell students that the purpose of today’s lesson is for students to create the last element of their editorials - an appealing title. Tell them that at the end of the lesson, they will publish their editorials on the online publication.

Explain how a title should express a writer’s topic and opinion. Remind students of the titles of several editorial mentor texts that the class has read to provide a range of examples.

Model how to brainstorm titles related to your editorial topic and opinion statement. Assess if each of your potential titles would be appealing to readers, expresses your opinion, and is five words or less. Choose one title from your brainstormed list that fits these criteria.

Tell students that the time has come to post their finished pieces of writing to their Writing Matters class ezine. Explain that after you have approved their writing, it will be published for everyone to see.

Distribute Publish on Writing Matters (Handout 6.3a). Demonstrate posting your editorial on the class ezine by going through the steps on the handout. Ask students to publish their writing using this handout as a guide.

Note: Depending on your students’ computer proficiency, you may wish to go to Step 5 of the Online Classroom and show DD’s e-Tutorial: Cutting and Pasting, which explains how to cut, copy and paste text in a word processing document or break this mini lesson up into smaller lessons that take place over a few days.

Teacher Model

  1. Brainstorm possible titles related to your editorial topic and opinion statement.
  2. Assess your title by the following criteria:
    1. Is the title appealing? (Does it catch the readers' attention?)
    2. Does it make the reader want to read more?
    3. Does it express my opinion?
    4. Is the title five words or less?
  3. Open the most recent draft of your editorial. Add the newly selected title to your document.
  4. Save your editorial with a new name that includes the word “final” and upload it to the Online Classroom in the Step 6 activity, Submit Your Final Editorial.
  5. Go to Writing Matters and log in to your class ezine. Explain the purpose of the Writing Matters class ezine as a way to showcase student writing.
  6. Click the Submit Writing to this eZine link on the right.
  7. Add a title for your editorial and choose Editorials from the pull-down menu.
  8. Go back to your document and copy the body of your editorial.
  9. Return to the Writing Matters ezine. Go to the tool bar at the top of the Body box and click Paste from Word ( ). Paste in the text and click Insert.
  10. Scan the text to make sure all of the text appears in the Body box.
  11. Click Submit on the publishing page after you have made sure to input all of the information correctly.

Narrative

The next step is to go to our Writing Matters class ezine. I am going to click My eZines on the toolbar to get there.
Here’s the home page of our ezine. To submit my writing I will click the Submit Writing to this eZine link here on the right.
On this page, I need to type my title and choose Editorials from the pull-down menu so that my
writing gets posted in the correct part of the ezine. The next step is to place my writing into the text window. I could retype my work in this window, but it is much easier to copy and paste from my Word document.

So, I will go back to my document and copy the text I want to publish. I’m going to select my entire document, except for my heading. Since this is going in an online magazine, my name, the date and my class will be added automatically.

Once I have selected my text, I am going to use the Copy command to copy my text.

Now I need to return to the ezine page. I just click the Paste from Word icon. It’s on the far right side of the Body field toolbar. This will help me paste my text into the field without any formatting errors.

This opens up a new little browser window. I just need to paste the text in the pop-up box and click the Insert button.

Now my text is in the body field. After I review the text to make sure there are no errors, all I have to do is click the Submit button to post my writing.

Preparing for Writer’s Work Time

Ask students to:

  1. Brainstorm possible titles for their editorials in their writer’s notebooks. Select one title based one the following criteria:
    1. Is the title appealing? (Does it catch the readers' attention?)
    2. Does it make the reader want to read more?
    3. Does it express my opinion?
    4. Is the title five words or less?
  2. Open the most updated version of their editorials stored in the Online Classroom in the Step 5 activity titled, Submit Your Revised Draft.
  3. Add a title to their editorial.
  4. Save their writing with a new name that includes the word “final” and upload it to the Submit Your Final Editorial activity under Step 6 of the Online Classroom.
  5. Go to Writing Matters and log in to the class ezine.
  6. Click the Submit Writing to this eZine link on the right.
  7. Add the title for their editorial and choose Editorials from the pull-down menu.
  8. Go back to their document and copy just the body of their editorial.
  9. Return to the Writing Matters ezine. Go to the tool bar at the top of the “Body” box and click Paste from Word (). Paste in the text and click Insert.
  10. Scan the text to make sure all of the text appears in the “Body” box.
  11. Click Submit on the publishing page after they have made sure to input all of the information correctly.

Writer’s Work Time (25 min)

Students decide on appealing titles for their editorials. Once they make sure their titles are appropriate, they submit their final versions of their writing in the Online Classroom Step 6 activity, Submit Your Final Editorial. Students publish using Publish on Writing Matters (Handout 6.3a) as a guide. While students are publishing their work on the ezine, encourage them to carefully review the text they enter in each box to make sure that it is accurate. Discourage students from using fancy fonts or “Word Art” in their writing because they will usually display incorrectly within the ezine.

Individual conferences: Assist students to complete the publishing process. If you see any problems with their published work, show students how to make the necessary edits by accessing their posting with the My Published Work button on the top of the screen.

Differentiated Instruction Strategies

  1. Not ready to publish? Instruct these students to complete, revise, and edit their writing, working with a peer if necessary, before they submit their work to the ezine.
  2. Difficulty publishing? Ask those students who have finished publishing online to help students who are struggling with uploading.
  3. Ready for more? Ask students to complete a one-paragraph “About the Author.” Tell students to include some information about themselves and what inspired them to write this editorial. Students can visit the Study Center for additional writing activities such as Opinion Space. Students may also go to Express Yourself in Prof. P’s Office.

Sharing and Lesson Summary (5 min)

Reconvene the class. Show students their Writing Matters class ezine. Demonstrate how they can access their post with the My Published Work button on the top of the screen. Show them the unique URL for your class ezine. Explain that you will be checking their writing online and making it public, visible to anyone who goes to your ezine URL.

Encourage students to click the Browse Other Writing button on their ezine page to read the editorials submitted by other students throughout the city.

Assessment

Using the Editorial Rubric (Handout 2.1b) as a guide, review each student’s writing to determine if he or she has produced a piece worthy of publishing beyond the classroom. Use the Teacher’s Checklist to identify what students have completed to this point.

Click this icon if the writing is ready to be published on your class ezine. Before making writing public, check that students’ last names do not appear in their writing.

Click this icon to submit this writing to be featured on the Writing Matters home page. Please only submit the best samples from your eZine.

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