Comprehension, Collaboration, and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas Using Google Docs

Related Anchor Standards
Reading - Key Ideas and Details:
1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Reading - Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words
Writing - Production and Distribution of Writing:
4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Writing - Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Speaking and Listening - Comprehension and Collaboration:
1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Speaking and Listening - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Language - Conventions of Standard English
1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Getting Started with Google Docs

Click HEREfor a video tutorial that goes over the basics of Google Docs. There are several other tutorials available online if you need further help.

Organizing Google Docs using Collections

Click HERE for a video tutorial my colleagues and I used to introduce Google Docs and Collections with our students.

Using Google Docs in the Classroom

Group Projects
  • Jigsaw - This is a jigsaw activity I had my students do in groups to prep for a Science quiz. Click HERE for an example of what one group did to complete it.

  • Group study guides
    • HERE is a study guide that my Academic Support class created together to prep for a History quiz. I created the headings and supplied the terms; they filled in the definitions/descriptions.
    • HERE is a study guide that one of my students created for a Science Midterm. He took the questions from a study guide that his teacher created, copied them to a Google Doc and shared it with several classmates, and they all filled it in themselves.

  • Data collection project - The Science teachers I worked with used a Google Spreadsheet to have students research and record data about solar system objects. Each student was assigned an object and had to fill in the corresponding row on the spreadsheet. Students then used the spreadsheet as a study guide for a quiz.

  • "Facebook" project - My students worked in groups using a Google Presentations template to create fake Facebook pages for characters from "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

  • Cooperative writing: NY Times Op-Ed piece on the impact of collaborative writing on Google Docs (written by a student)
  • Essay tracking/online writing conferences - HEREis an example of a student's essay with some of my comments.


Done with Docs and want to try Forms? Click HERE.