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Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary

Do your students detest having to define vocabulary words? Don"t confine them to worksheets—turn the study of affixes and roots into a hands-on contest to create context-rich vocabulary puzzles.

 

Student Interactives

 

Hero’s Journey

Hero’s Journey

Students can use this tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.

 

 

Comparing Electronic and Print Texts About the Civil War Soldier

Which side will win as students investigate both sides of the battle of using print versus online text for research as they learn about the lives of Civil War soldiers?

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 
 

 

Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry

Students explore poetry about sports, looking closely at the use of onomatopoeia. After viewing a segment of a sporting event, students create their own onomatopoeic sports poems.

 

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 
 

 

Found Poems/Parallel Poems

Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Spelling in Parts: A Strategy for Spelling and Decoding Polysyllabic Words

Spelling in Parts: A Strategy for Spelling and Decoding Polysyllabic Words

The Spelling in Parts strategy can enhance children's ability to spell and decode multisyllabic words.

 

Teaching with Zooming Slideshows through Prezi

Teaching with Zooming Slideshows through Prezi

Through Prezi, a web application, students create "zooming" presentations for various purposes, such as presenting research, defending an opinion, or sharing a digital story.

 

 

Community Stories  

Lisa Rank

Making Writing Meaningful to Middle School Students

Lisa Rank | Language Arts Teacher | Easton, MD

When asked to develop a Writing for Publication course for middle school students, I turned to ReadWriteThink.org for inspiration and advice