In Unit 1 there are several opportunities for students to write protocols of their processes that they created while using the Internet Simulator to send binary msgs (1.3), Shapes (1.6), formatted txt (1.7) and then in the Internet section Battleship (1.9) asks them to write a protocol as well. For two years in a row now I have failed at linking these units together to scaffold students so that when they get to Battleship, they can do this sort of writing well.
Ironically, the one place where students do this really well is the legos assignment (3.1)!
Has anyone had any success with this very specific sort of writing. It feels like it is a really good opportunity to prep students for the AP test.