Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sunburst Communications': The Writing Trek: Trekking towards Literacy

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sunburst Communications': The Writing Trek: Trekking towards Literacy

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The Writing Trek is a multimedia language arts CD-ROM designed to inspire students in grades 6 through 8 to build writing competence. Lessons on key writing concepts such as sentence structure, punctuation and vocabulary are incorporated into the twelve content-rich "real-life" writing projects and models. The Writing Trek language learning adventures encourage students to show creativity while refining their writing -- certainly a goal all educators have for their students.

The Writing Trek adventure begins with an animated introduction that leads to a colorful fantasy village with six "houses" high on a mountaintop. Each house contains hot spots that provide access to two major projects, a lesson on a particular type of writing and a skill option where students can practice basic writing skills. The houses and types of writing covered are:

* Poetry Corner -- Poetry writing in meter, rhyme and imagery

* Research Hall -- Persuasive and informational writing

* News Center -- Reporting and journalism

* Theater -- Script and screenplay creation for a "listening audience"

* Story Place -- Fiction writing

* Design Studio -- Visual communication using image and text

From any project, students have immediate access to five onscreen resources (Writers' Handbook, Almanac, Lexicon, Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary), Internet access to the Trek Web pages (www. …

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