Education Technology

NCTE: Collaborating on Sitting in a Setting

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will work together in groups to create a short composition that describes a particular setting. They will agree on a specific setting, visit this place, and then separately describe the setting, record their ideas, and share their writngs.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Determine whether the students will choose their group members or if the teacher will assign the groups. Each group will be made up of three students. Be sure that the students know their group members and understand the directions and expectations that they are being asked before they are allowed to roam the school.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Write about their observations.
  • Gain a strong understanding of the purpose of setting.
  • Understand the characteristics of powerful and descriptive language.
  • Recognize the relationship between choice of language and audience response.
  • Work effectively with other peers.
  • Make productive use of student feedback.
  • Create a final polished composition that describes a setting using vivid language.
  • After the Activity

    For homework, the students need to complete their composition if they did not have enough time to finish it during the allocated class time.