Lesson 3.2: Websites
- To explores the features of web design
- To learn ways to transform traditional writing projects into websites
- To compare the composing processes of traditional and web texts
Activate Prior Knowledge
Websites are a great opportunity for students to compose informational texts in multimedia-rich spaces. Google Sites is extremely simple and easy-to-use... students can quickly build pages without any knowledge of coding. Sites even offers layouts that can be easily dragged into the design space, and uploaded images are automatically sized to fit the layout boxes.
Click HERE to view a Google Site I created for a topic I researched (dystopia).
Here are some ways you might consider using Google Sites in your classroom to "digitize" traditional forms of writing:
|Type of Writing||Website Ideas|
|Literature Response||Students could create a website for a book that includes a variety of creative and analytical responses. They can add images and links to videos or other websites with related information.|
|Personal Portfolio||Students could create a website with information about themselves, samples of their best work, and blog-style posts about their reading or other interests.|
|Research Project||Students could create a website to teach information about a topic they researched. They can use multimedia text features to convey central ideas and details.|
|Learning Journal||Students could create a website to document their growth as a reader and writer, posting reflections and uploading work samples.|
|Collaboration||Students could create a collaborative website as a group project. This could be a wiki or collection of original pieces of writing on a particular topic.|
The writing process for digital texts is similar in a lot of ways to that of traditional texts, but there are some unique components to a digital composition journey. When you look at the chart below, what are the key similarities and differences?
Deepen Your Understanding
Now that you have completed lesson 2, revisit your understanding of the learning targets. Consider what new understandings you now have, and develop your initial understandings based on the lesson materials.
Where in your curriculum might you have your students create a website? How could you use webpages to showcase student work, enhance writing, and incorporate multimedia?