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Viking Voyagers: Navigating Online Content Area Reading

Students set sail on an online Viking voyage, collaborating to research aspects of Viking culture and then applying their newfound knowledge as they navigate the interactive Viking Quest Game.

 

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.

 

 

Boys Read: Considering Courage in Novels

In this lesson designed especially for boys, students read a work of realistic fiction and get to know courageous male characters through writing, Internet activities, and discussion.

 

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales.

 
 

 

Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry

Students read an example of allegory, review literary concepts, complete literary elements maps and plot diagrams, create a pictorial allegory, and write diamante poems related to the theme of change.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology

Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.

 

 

Mystery Cube

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Literacy Remix: Bridging Adolescents’ In and Out of School Literacies

Literacy Remix: Bridging Adolescents’ In and Out of School Literacies

This resources promotes the use new literacies to help students connect to school texts.

 

Differentiating Instruction Using the Chunk, Chew, and Check Framework – It’s How the Brain Learns Best!

Differentiating Instruction Using the Chunk, Chew, and Check Framework – It’s How the Brain Learns Best!

In this Web seminar you will learn to avoid “Random Acts of Differentiating” by designing lessons around a practical framework that clearly defines where to effectively differentiate in your lesson: Chunk (Input), Chew (Process) and Check (Output).

 

 

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Tisha Ortega

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Tisha Ortega | Teacher | Hartsburg, IL

I have been a Spanish teacher for almost 20 years, and I had always taught at large, urban schools