- CCR Anchor 2: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
- CCR Anchor 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Ask the class the following: “Adult education needs more funding.” True or False? Then follow up, asking students to respond why, orally.
1. Use a projector to show students the following letter to the president that was created by ValueUSA.org, an organization supporting adult basic education.
3. Ask the class what supporting details they can find in the letter, and have them show the class as above. (Review what a supporting idea is, if necessary.)
4. Then ask students what action the conclusion requests of the president.
5. Ask the class if they agree with the letter. Talk about what a petition is and the value of filling one out. Discuss with students any privacy or other concerns they may have. Help those who want to submit the petition.
- Have students read student success stories.
- Discuss with students their own stories. Ask them to compare theirs with a few they read from the website. Then ask them to focus on what makes their story special and unique.
- Work with individual students and go through the writing and revision process with them offline in Word or on paper.
- If they would like to submit a photo, make sure they have one ready to upload that is on the computer they are using to visit the website.
- Have them return to the site to submit their stories. (Provide help if needed to fill out the Captcha code.)