Honore Mercier School
“Writing Short Stories Using ICT”
¨ To import pictures from the Internet to illustrate short stories written by students.
¨ A variety of picture books was read to, and by, the students.
¨ Through class discussion, common elements of picture books were recognized.
¨ Through class discussion, the topic of “animals” was chosen.
¨ Children were asked to write short stories on the selected topic.
¨ Children found pictures from the Internet to go along with the story:
¨ Conducted a general search for animal pictures
¨ Chose www.snap-shot.com
¨ Entered www.snap-shot.com
¨ Chose “animal and wildlife” section
¨ Chose “big cats”
¨ Each student chose a particular animal (Leopards), and saved pictures of the chosen animal on disk.
¨ www.snap-shot.com was closed
¨ Opened “Word” program
¨ The student typed their text, and saved it on the computer’s hard drive.
¨ Both the text window and the picture window were open at the same time, allowing students to match the pictures to the text.
¨ Once the student decided where each picture should be placed, the pictures were cut from the “picture window” and pasted onto the “text window”.
¨ A volunteer parent or student teacher is helpful to attend to the students’ needs.
¨ To save time and frustration, make sure the computers work and are prepared for use.
¨ Practice use of Word and opening different windows within the program.