Internet Research About New York City
Next, ask students to do Internet research to discover fascinating facts about Manhattan. Tell them they will use the facts in a story or screenplay dialogue that they write.
Tell students they may research anything about NYC that is appropriate for school such as the population size, different cultural backgrounds of the residents, famous residents of NYC, tourist locations in NYC, historical buildings, cultural centers, events, history, locations that have been mentioned in literature or songs, Central Park locations or events, or other areas of interest.
Students must compile at least 20 facts about New York City. They should write the list in their notebook to use it for the future writing project. Students will also be asked to share some of their facts with the class. They should pick the five facts they find most interesting. For homework they should review the facts and practice presenting them to the class.
In the following days, spend class time creating a short story or dialogue for a screenplay that is set in New York City. Students will use facts from the research about New York City to create a realistic setting. Tell students this project will require a final draft of five typed pages.
Tell the class to use imagery and similes that relate to New York City in their writing for this project. They may also wish to use character names that in some way relate to the city or events that took place in New York City.
To evaluate this class project, use the standard writing rubric to grade the story or screenplay dialogue. Also check the students’ notebooks to ensure they did the research for this project.
Websites about New York City
Websites with Photos of New York City
Websites such as www.NYTimes.com, www.Newsweek.com, and www.Time.com all contain many images of New York City. Just put the words “pictures of New York City" or “pictures of Manhattan" in the search box and you will find an abundance of images.
Quotable New York edited by Gregg Stebben, 2001, The Lyons Press, CT.