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This anticipatory set demonstrates my knowledge of the subject on internet cookies.  I have various strategies as to how this unit could be taught with various options for assignments based on learning styles.  This “hook and hold” strategy worked so well to motivate my students and had me searching for similar ideas to implement in the other subjects I teach.  This strategy falls under the NBPTS core two; accomplished teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects.

NT = Intuitive Thinking   ST = Sensory Thinking

NF = Intuitive Feeling     SF = Sensory Feeling

Unit on Internet Cookies

Hook and Hold Strategies


Anticipatory Set

In the anticipatory set I will pass out fortune cookies.  They will be asked to examine these cookies and I will ask them what they can tell me about them.  I hope someone will say It holds something or a message.  Then we will get into the definition of an Internet Cookie - Lou Montulli, who wrote the specification says that "cookie" is a well known term to those in computer science and is used to describe a piece of data held by an intermediary, so it was the obvious choice when naming the new technology.  It has also been said that it was named after "Magic Cookie" which was used in the UNIX operating system in the '70s, and also that its name is taken from the fortune cookie because it's a little package with information inside.


Fortune cookies will have the four questions inside them along with facts about internet cookies.

ST – What is a cookie?

NT - Why do we use internet Cookies?

SF – How many sites have you allowed a cookie to be put on you PC?

NF – Should web sites be allowed to use cookies?


ST – Write a detailed paragraph on how cookies are used.

NT - list the pros and cons of internet cookies.

SF – In groups of four, discuss the pros and cons of internet cookies and make a group decision on whether to use them or not.

NF – Create an internet cookie. 


ST – Good are there any other ways you can think of where Internet cookies are used?

SF – I can see how much thought you have put into this assignment, keep up the good work.

NT – I like the way you approached this problem because it shows the common uses for internet cookies.

NF – I like the way you have designed your page, not only did you meet all of the requirements, you have added your own creative touch.



ST – Take a look at your home computers cookie directory and write down all the sites you or you family have visited.  Can you tell what all the sites are?

NT – Do some research on the internet finding facts about Internet Cookies.  Find out if they are bad or good.

SF – Find an internet users group talking about cookies.  What are your findings?  Are cookies good or bad?

NF – Create a web page that will create a cookie.


ST – True or false quiz on facts about cookies.

NT – Small research paper on the facts about cookies.

SF – Find out how many sites use cookies and why.

NF – Use at least one internet cookie in your final project.


This lesson was very exciting to teach.  Not only is the subject so fascinating but it is something the students were hooked into wanting to know how to create a cookie.  The only thing that I might do differently is have the students do one of the assignments before I teach the lesson.  It would be interesting to see how many different facts about internet cookie they come up with. Internet cookies are a hot topic and it was easy to come up with this anticipatory set.  This lesson has really made me look at other lessons in all my subjects to see what I can do to make them as exciting as the internet cookie lesson.

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