Purpose : To familiarize students with using the campus email
system to communicate with each other. Secondarily, to generate for
each student a list of the email addresses of all the class members. (Can
simultaneously be used to discuss Netiquette issues, genre issues such as
narration/description/etc., multiple perspectives, an so forth.)
||Have each student log on to a computer, and call up the campus email
||Ask each student to open a new email, addressed to the person on their
right, and write one sentence that begins a paragraph of description (or
narration, or whatever you as an instructor decide is the direction you wish
to take the exercise.)
||Have the students put their own email address at the top of the body
of the message, then send it (to the person on their right.)
||Have each student then open the new mail they have just received, and
cut and paste the body of the message into a new piece of email, addressed
once again to the person on their right. They should then add one more
sentence of description/narration/etc., insert their own email address just
below the first person's, and send it on.
||Repeat this process until each person has received the paragraph that
he or she began, with their own email address at the top. Ask for a
couple to be read out loud.
||Ask students to save the final message, as it now contains a complete
list of their classmates' email addresses.
||Total suggested time : 30 minutes, if possible - it usually takes
more like 40-45.
||Note : This exercise can get extremely silly. Be
prepared for muffled laughter, backchat, and so forth as students are writing.
Also, I strongly suggest the instructor drift around the room and keep
an eye on what is being written, as some students may try to slip in
inappropriate/offensive language or content.