Welcome to the Lab!

Welcome to lab 201! Today we will be typing your essays!


  • ELAGSE9-10W6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

Learning Target: Students will type their communism essays.

Activator: Log onto the computers and open Word! I’ll come around and help with login and program finding issues…

Work Session: It’s lab day! That means today you’re going to have time to type your essay. I know we didn’t do a handwritten draft this time around, but one of the things we want to work on this semester is your ability to sit in front of a screen and keyboard and compose something, typing as you think. The only real way to get good at this is the same way you got good at writing on paper – PRACTICE!!

Today I’m going to first go over how to set your paper up in MLA format by changing the font, font size, and spacing, and then how to add an MLA heading and title. Then we will start typing your paper!

  • 10 minutes for your introduction
  • 15 minutes for your first body paragraph
  • 15 minutes for your second body paragraph
  • 15 minutes for your third body paragraph…
  • …and the rest of class to work on a conclusion, a fourth body paragraph, or to revise your earlier paragraphs.

Even if you don’t know what to say or can’t say it perfectly, just TYPE SOMETHING! It’s a whole lot easier to go back and revise than it is to compose new stuff, so while the clock is running, just BLEEURGH brain dump onto the screen! (Please don’t really barf on the keyboard. I don’t want to clean that up.)

Tomorrow we will be in the lab as well 🙂

Closing Session: Ok, we’re going to turn in your papers a little differently this semester: online. Create a gmail account if you don’t already have one, and then send an email to me – jillebristow@gmail.com (don’t forget the e!). I’ll then add you to our shared folder, and you can upload your essay there to turn it in.

Assessment: Formative checks at every timer interval, summative essay grade

Differentiation: Scaffolded essay prompt, sentence starters or paragraph frameworks given as needed.

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