Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Broken Trail from Western Reserve to Avon

Middle school language arts classes from Avon and Western Reserve schools finished their collaborative story the Broken Trail as part of NOECA Intercom’s chapter project. The classes met over video to share their chapters and to provide their conclusions. The classes took turns reading their first and second chapters then acted out the conclusion to their partnered class. The distance learning room in Avon was transformed into a barn yard with students dressed as the animals of the story. It was quite a production for the connecting site.

The chapter program pairs classroom teachers from different schools with the task of writing a collaborative story. Mr. Casper’s class wrote chapter one which was followed by Mrs. Pelphrey’s class. Both classes wrote their own conclusion to the story which was compared and contrasted at the end of the videoconference. The students put forth great effort creating the chapters and the props were fantastic.

To learn more about the chapter project or to participate next year check out the project on the web at