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Web page from August 2000

Dear-America-website-2011

Web page from August 2011

Dear America: The Official Web Site is a now defunct web page for Dear America and its spin-offs. The page was previously hosted on Scholastic's website. It was presumably created around 1996 and went through two revamps in 2003 and in 2010. The web page has since been taken down completely.

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Activities[]

See also: Dear America: The Official Web Site/Arts & Crafts

Activities was a section added during the 2003 revamp. It consisted of "Arts & Crafts," which was previously included in the "Interact" section, "Downloads," and "E-Cards." The section was updated occasionally with new timely events.[1]

Books[]

Books, later All About the Books, was the first section listed on the website. It included a full list of all of the books from Dear America, My Name Is America, The Royal Diaries, and My America. There were also subsections titled "About the Authors," "Awards & Praise," and "Discussion Guides."[2] Later, "Awards & Praise" and the discussion guides were moved to "Parents & Teachers." A section for book checklists was added along with "What's New," which announced new books and other news related to Dear America or the website.[3]

Resources:
File:Dear America Checklist.pdf, File:My Name Is America Checklist.pdf, File:The Royal Diaries Checklist.pdf, File:My America Checklist.pdf

Collectibles[]

Collectibles was a section listing the various merchandise released for Dear America. It included a subsection on the video tapes of the Dear America and The Royal Diaries films, which detailed how visitors could order them.[4] This subsection was later moved to "Videos & More."[5] There were also pages for Dear America: Friend to Friend and the Madame Alexander Collection.[6] The collectibles section was eventually removed completely.

Fun with My America[]

Fun-with-My-America-page

July 2003

Fun with My America was a section added in mid-2003. It centered around activities for the My America series. The activities included downloading paper dolls inspired by the series, and a flash game called "A Room in Time." The section also advertised printable bookmarks,[7] which were eventually added by early 2006.[8]

Interact/Writers Workshop[]

Interact, a section that hosted various activities that usually required fan participation. For example, fans were able to send messages through the "Express Mail." Responses to some of the messages were posted every two weeks. Various contests, including the Dear America Writing Contest, were advertised on the page.[9] A subsection, "Be a Television Scribe," had fans rewrite scenes from the Dear America and The Royal Diaries films.[10] Another subsection was a how-to guide on starting a Mother-Daughter Book Club. It was developed in part by Shireen Dodson, author of The Mother Daughter Book Club: How Ten Busy Mothers and Daughters Came Together to Talk, Laugh and Learn Through Their Love of Reading. Dodson also wrote three discussion guides.[11]

The section was later renamed "Writers Workshop," which included most of the same features and continued to encourage fan partipation.[12] "Arts & Crafts" was also hosted here until being moved to "Activities."

Resources:
File:Color Me Dark Discussion Guide.pdf, File:Anastasia The Last Grand Duchess Discussion Guide.pdf, File:One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping Discussion Guide.pdf

Writing Contest[]

Main article: Dear America Writing Contest

The Dear America Writing Contest was held annually for four years. The contest was open to children in the fourth to seventh grades. They were each required to write a five day diary.[13]

Our Diary[]

Main article: Dear America: The Official Web Site/Our Diary

"Our Diary" was a subsection in which fans would contribute to an ongoing diary. A new entry was posted every week. The first "Our Diary" was "The Salem Witch Trials: The Diary of Rebecca Harris," a story set during 1692.[14] Eighteen entries were created before moving on to the next "Our Diary."[15] After receiving suggestions from readers, "Liberty's Witness: The Diary of Eliza Hutchinson, Boston Tea Party, 1773-1774" was started.[16] Ten entries were posted for "Liberty's Witness."[17]

Parents & Teachers[]

Parents-&-Teachers-page

December 2003

Parents & Teachers was added in the 2003 revamp. Several older subsections were moved here, including the Mother/Daughter Bookclub, discussion guides, "Products" (previously "Collectibles"), and "Awards & Praise." An interactive timeline was added. When clicking on the section, the user was sent to a buffer zone informing children that the area was for "grown-ups" and telling caregivers and parents that they could proceed.[18]

Television/Videos & More[]

Television focused on the adaptations of the Dear America and The Royal Diaries books. It was updated semi-frequently with information on the latest adaptation.[19] The section was later renamed to "Videos & More" and had basically the same information carried over.[20]

2010 revamp[]

In fall 2010, the Dear America web site was revamped to coincide with the relaunch of the series.[21] The home page featured all the characters from the relaunch and was expanded with time. Each character had an interactive "scrapbook."[22] The web page had similar sections to the previous iteration, including "Meet the Authors," "Explore the Books," and "Activities." A message board for Dear America was also set up for fans to chat about the books. There were a few basic rules like not sharing personal information, no swearing, or posting an email address or links to other websites.[23]

Activities[]

See also: Dear America: The Official Web Site/Arts & Crafts

Activities contained "Pictures & Keepsakes," "Arts & Crafts," "Fashion," "Recipes," and "Quizzes." "Pictures & Keepsakes" was a slideshow of real life photos from the time periods the books cover.[24] "Fashion" contained printable paper dolls of four Dear America heroines.[25]

Resources:
File:A Journey to the New World Paper Doll.pdf, File:The Fences Between Us Paper Doll.pdf, File:The Winter of Red Snow Paper Doll.pdf, File:Voyage on the Great Titanic Paper Doll.pdf

Teach Dear America[]

Teach-Dear-America-page

Teach Dear America home page

Teach Dear America, or Teaching with Dear America, was a sister web page to the 2011 Dear America website.[22] The page specifically served as a resource for teachers whom were teaching with the book series. It only covered the books published in the relaunch. The website wass divided into eight sections, each covering a different time period in America. Under each section were lists of resources for teachers, Dear America books covering the time period, and downloadable student activities. The activities were the same as those on the main website. As of January 2024, the web page is only partially up.

References[]

  1. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/activities/index.htm (archive; June 2006)
  2. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/books/index.htm (archive; August 2000)
  3. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/books/ (archive; November 2004)
  4. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/tv/davideo.htm (archive; December 2001)
  5. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/video/collection.htm (archive; October 2004)
  6. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/collect.htm (archive; December 2001)
  7. http://scholastic.com:80/dearamerica/myamerica/index.htm (archive; July 2003)
  8. http://scholastic.com/dearamerica/myamerica/bookmarks.htm (archive; January 2006)
  9. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/interact.htm (archive; December 2001)
  10. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/tv/scribe.htm (archive; December 2001)
  11. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/books/motherdaughter/index.htm (archive; December 2001)
  12. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/writers/index.htm (archive; October 2004)
  13. http://scholastic.com/dearamerica/contest/contest.htm (archive)
  14. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/ourdiary/index.htm (archive; March 2002)
  15. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/writers/ourdiary/index.htm (archive; April 2003)
  16. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/writers/ourdiary/index.htm (archive; October 2003)
  17. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/writers/ourdiary/index.htm (archive; November 2005)
  18. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/parentteacher/index.htm (December 2003)
  19. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/tv/home.htm (archive; August 2000)
  20. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/video/index.htm (archive; April 2003)
  21. http://www.scholastic.com/dearAmerica/index.htm (archive; May 2010)
  22. 22.0 22.1 http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/index.htm (archive; August 2011)
  23. http://community.scholastic.com/dear-america-living-diaries-t353929.html (archive; November 2012)
  24. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/pictureskeepsakes.asp (archive; August 2011)
  25. http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/fashion.htm (archive; September 2011)

See also[]


Dear America: The Official Web Site

Arts & Crafts | Dear America Writing Contest | "Our Diary"

External links[]

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