Lesson Plan

Research and Writing Without a Paper in Site

Creating a research project with various technology tools
Bobbi G.
Classroom teacher
Santa Fe South High School
Oklahoma City, OK
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
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Students will be able to research a topic of the teacher or student's choice, type a research paper in MLA format, collaborate with others online to research, edit and get opinions on topics, and more with Edmodo, and share and collaborate via Google Drive to edit a final draft.


English Language Arts
Grades 9 - 12
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1 Hook

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Animoto is great for quick presentations to get the kids excited about the topic they will begin researching. I use this on the projector, and we have a quick class discussion. After, each group or individual student (depending on the project) will open their Educreations app at their table. 

2 Direct Instruction

Educreations are great, because students are able to access the videos over and over. I like to use them to explain how to set up an MLA paper. I often find that my students forget some of the computer commands, and they enjoy having the explaination whenever they need. This helps meet the learning objective because it actually shows the students the steps they need to go through. When each group is ready to move on, they can simply open the Edmodo app, or access Edmodo on the Internet. 

3 Guided Practice

Students can be put into small groups on Edmodo. In these groups they are able to post ideas, questions, cite sources, and collaborate inside and outside of the classroom. It keeps all of their posts in an easy to read format, and it is accessable anywhere there is Internet access. This is the foundation for the initial collaboration piece of the objective. Students will post website links, quotes, comments and ideas in their Edmodo groups, and they will easily be able to access this whenever they need. Once they are ready, they can get open a Google Doc to start typing. 

4 Independent Practice

Google Drive
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Google Drive is where the students write their research paper. They can work on the paper independently, share it with the teacher for feedback, or share it with other students for proofreading or collabortive help. I love that the collaboration doesn't stop here. The students can watch the Educreations video again if they need a reminder on how to set up an MLA paper. They can quickly access Edmodo to get to all of their research materials. 

5 Wrap-Up

After the research project is complete, students can sign in to Socrative to take quizzes or even play games. This is a great formative assessment, and the teacher is quickly able to see how much the students understand. I like to use this to double check their understanding of the research project and MLA Format. If you'd like to keep the collaboration going, have each group play together as a team.