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This site will provide students with everything they need to know about road trips and road tripping... all in preparation for their own big Road Trip.

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Introduction
As long as it is financially possible in America, everyone owns a car and loves their car. And one of the most popular ways to enjoy the car is to use it to take a Road Trip.

The great American Road Trip is an adventure Americans all dream about, and for many, has become a rite of passage into freedom and adulthood. Road trips can be 1 day trips or can be year long trips, whatever the time frame they span, they offer an escape from the daily grind of life and offer up an opportunity for adventure, curiosity and personal bonding with friends and family.

This task takes the student through planning a successful road trip and prepares them for all frequent road trip situations. The basic preparing / traveling skills developed in this task can be applied to many other situations.

This lesson is ideal for students who are looking for exposure and understanding of the American culture.

Lesson Notes:
What is different about this lesson is that it’s not JUST the lesson, but rather a lesson nested within a full web site covering the topic. Why do this? If you bring a lesson to the world of the Internet you need to anticipate Internet-like behavior such as natural web crawling and going where curiousity takes goes. The site will be used as input for all Road Trip related issues and students will be encouraged to look around and learn throughout the task.







Student Information
  • Level: High Intermediate to Advanced

  • Classroom Description: This is not a ESL life-skills course, but instead a course intended for learners who desire to improve their English and at the same time are interested in American culture.

    Students do not venture out of their home neighborhoods much, so the class not only focuses on English language learning but tries to introduce the surrounding culture.

    This task lesson would span the entire course. The course would end in the early summer, just in time for the students to venture out and make a Road Trip on their own.



Goals
The goals of this task are as follows:
  • Help students understand and master such processes as brainstorming for ideas, solving problems, analyzing situations.

  • Provide students with an opportunity for collaboration and negotiation.

  • Provide students with exposure to new aspects of American culture



Objectives
The objectives of this task are as follows:
  • Teach students how to prepare for and handle Road Trips

  • Encourage students to study many aspects of a topic and go where curiousity takes them
  • Teach students the vocabulary and expressions associated with traveling and asking/giving directions.

  • Allow students an opportunity to study American culture



Materials
The following materials will be needed:

Task Instructions


Introduction: What is a Road Trip?

Before the actual task begins, the Road Trip is explained.

  • What a Road Trip is
  • Why it is important
  • What does a Road Trip entail (the components)

  • TECHNOLOGY: embedded videos, podcasts, hot potato quiz
  • SUPPORT: linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

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Step 1 – Understanding the Road Trip

Road Trip Components

  • Involves reading through Road Trip tip sheets and through road stories. Students will take notes.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Annotation tools or pen tablets, embedded videos w/ overstream
  • SUPPORT: linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

Road Knowledge
  • Students will begin their collection of Road Trip Lingo (words, phrases, expressions). The basics have been provided as a start which is what students will study.

  • Upon completion, they will take a quiz on the basics.

  • TECHNOLOGY: wikis, hot potato quiz
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

Road Trip Discussion

  • After students study the components & the lingo, they will start processing what they have learned and share on a class level. This is important because by doing so, they can throw around ideas and tips, aiding their own planning.

  • Road Thoughts: Addresses each of the major components to planning. (Questions are posed for each component) Students are required to enter in their thoughts for each item.

  • Road Situations: Addresses the common “mishaps” that could occur on the road. Students are required to enter in their thoughts for each situation and are encouraged to reference the responses of classmates.

  • TECHNOLOGY: wikis, podcasts, videos, blogs
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

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Step 2 – Planning

Research the destination

  • Students will all be assigned to groups of four.

  • In this section, each individual student will use the Internet to look for an interesting Road Trip (with or without side trips) and research possible ideas for what to do on the trip.

  • Requirements: The trip will be a total duration of 1 day. It should take no more than 4 hours to get there. (unless the trip has multiple stops)

  • TECHNOLOGY: google search, delicious,
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

Pick the destination

  • Students each pick 1 location, collect videos, images, and links for discussion.

  • The group enters chat room to exchange information.

  • They will decide on the final destination.

  • TECHNOLOGY: meebo chat rooms
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

Start your planning (group wiki project)

  • Students will be introduced to their Road Trip staging area - for assembling the trip details. (their wiki page). They begin to enter in the data (text, links, pictures, videos) under the planning section.

  • TECHNOLOGY: delicious, wiki, videos
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

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Step 3 – Charting the Course

Plot the course

  • Students (in their group) plot out the course of the trip

  • TECHNOLOGY: Google maps, wiki
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

Asking for directions

  • Study dialogues
  • Go over key phrases & “how to” ask for directions
  • Role play out asking for directions
  • Take a quiz for practice & comprehension
  • Students add map and direction notes to their group project

  • TECHNOLOGY: Google maps, wiki, hot potato quiz
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary), conversation cues

Continue your planning (group wiki project)

  • Students use the group wiki project as space to collect all of the information gathered in this section.

  • TECHNOLOGY: wiki
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

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Step 4 – Preparing for the Road Trip
  • Packing: Students read tips and advice on packing. What are the essential items to bring?
    What not to bring?
  • Road Food: What to bring vs buy? What types of restaurants to eat at?
  • Entertainment Options: What to do on a roadtrip: road games, conversations, music
  • Emergency items: What to bring vs buy? What’s the contingency plan?
  • Responsibilities: Who’s doing what / responsibilities. Bring / Buy beforehand / Buy on the road?
  • All of the above are entered into the group wiki

  • TECHNOLOGY: wikis, videos
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)

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Step 5 – Budgeting for the Road Trip

Calculate the expenses for your budget

  • The cost for gas

  • The cost for food - lunch and/or dinner (at least one meal will be at a restaurant)

  • Purchased items

  • Extra costs – Determined by the trip details and the research done online.

  • TECHNOLOGY: wikis, fuel calculator
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)


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FINAL – Lets Hit the Road

Final Assignment

  • The group wiki was used for collecting all their thoughts & Road Trip plan. Students assemble
    their trip with videos, pictures, write-ups in a powerpoint presentation & present to the class.

Class Discussion

  • Students vote on which trip they would like to take. Class discusses the project and their performance.

  • TECHNOLOGY: wikis, powerpoint
  • SUPPORT: software explanation, linguistic support (wiki, dictionary)





Thank you!