The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple WYSIWYG editor, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color. Documentation for the Printing Press includes instructions for using the tool. Customized versions of the tool, which include additional instructions and more focused choices, are included with some lessons. A basic planning sheet is available to help students gather ideas before working on this interactive tool.
Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection
In this lesson plan, middle school students explore a class inquiry project, collecting Web-based resources that can be used for further study during the course of the class or for more in-depth projects. Students use Internet search engines and Web analysis checklists and questions to find and evaluate online resources then write annotations that explain how and why the items they have found will be valuable to the class. This lesson plan can be completed individually or in groups. For demonstration purposes, this lesson plan focuses on researching a specific country or several countries; however, this activity can be completed with any inquiry topic in the classroom.
Write from the Heart is an online program designed to teach composition and literature. The regular 30-week full credit classes are designed for homeschoolers grades 6-12. Summer Institute classes are available for private, public, or homeschooled students in grades 6-12. All classes allow students to interact with their peers while receiving individualized instruction from a writing coach. We offer classes in composition as well as literary study. We seek to provide a quality education that both challenges and encourages each student.