21 Things - Basics

Q7. Email

1. Basics




Bella is a 10 year-old Rottweiler who tries to take a selfie and then checks her d-mail (dogmail), when not playing with her toy moose. Pictures taken by Bella & C. McCarthy.

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What is an email? Do you know the appropriate way to compose and respond to online communications? This is an introduction to email.

This Quest takes you to some short online tutorials that will show you the basics of sending an email and provide some helpful tips.

I Can Statements

  • list the basic components of an email

  • apply basic email etiquette and safety

  • compose an email message

Key Vocabulary

The list is quite long for this Quest so we have added them to a document file:

Basic Vocabulary list (.doc file or GDocs file )

You can also study them by using the Key Vocabulary Quizlet.


1. Open a web browser and go to Email 101 Introduction and click on the Introduction to Email. Go through the first three pages (slides) to see how email compares to snailmail and some advantages. On page three learn about the parts of an email address. The last three pages identify some popular email providers (Gmail, Yahoo! and Hotmail) and some of the features included in an email account. 

2. Continue to the next section Email Basics. Learn some email vocabulary terms (compose pane, message pane, Bcc, attach, emoticon, forward, and formatting). On page three, click on the round buttons as you go through the tutorial to learn more.


3. Next, go through the Email Etiquette and Safety  section of Email 101. Check with your teacher and download a version of the email Etiquette Learning log provided here (Word DocGoogle Doc to copy, or .pdf for discussion). Complete this document as you click through the slide show on page two called Tips for Email Success. 

4. Continue to page four, titled Email safety to learn some definitions of spam, phishing (not fishing but it sounds the same), and attachments.

5. Something New I Learned Reflection.

a. If you have an email address of your own, email your instructor with his/her permission. Ask your instructor for his/her email address if you do not know it. In the email make the subject Something New I Learned About Email. Then explain two-three things you learned.

b. If you do not have an email address, download this practice email template (emailpractice.docx or GDoc practice template) and fill it out on your computer. You can also print or write it out by hand. Check with your instructor for additional directions.

6. Your Digital Citizenship Discussion/Reflection:

a. How is creating an email similar to texting or snapchatting? How are they different? How is the structure different or the same?

b. How might the structure of your email messages change depending on the person you are sending it to? How do or don't you follow good Digital Etiquette rules of the road?

Quest Extension 

Do you want to know about Google Gmail specifically? Try this link to find tutorials that are specific to Gmail. There is a quiz included. 

Completing your Quest

Complete the steps and follow the directions from your instructor about this email lesson. If you have an email account, you will be asked to email your instructor. They may provide additional instructions.

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

Learn about Email Etiquette in Quest 8


ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2.Digital Citizen 
d. Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.