The first was writing a short paragraph about the Liberty Bell, which they had to "dress up" with stronger verbs, quality adjectives, adverbs, and a variety of clauses. Second, they began writing their very own fables, telling moral stories of simple life lessons.
After initially writing them by hand in their writing notebooks, we journeyed to the computer lab. Here, they typed them into new documents on Google Drive using their brand new Google Apps accounts.
I was able to print out their documents with my comments and suggestions for improvement. Today they edited by hand and interacted verbally with their peers to gain better insight into writing strategies. Collaborating in these two ways, both online and face-to-face, will allow them the variety to best create a piece of writing that they can be proud of.
My excitement was difficult to contain when I wrote for the first time on my homework board, "...final drafts due 3/1 on Google Drive." The true techie nerd within Mr. Riedl is coming out!