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Giving Voice to Students Through "This I Believe" Podcasts

Students write and record their own essays for a class blog by first completing a series of activities designed to get them thinking and writing about their experiences.

 

Student Interactives

 

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn Diagrams that contain three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

 

Analyzing and Podcasting About Images of Oscar Wilde

Students analyze images of Oscar Wilde used to publicize his 1882 American lecture tour. They then compare a caricature to another researched image, sharing this analysis in a podcast.

 

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 
 

 

Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry

Students investigate the effects of word choice in Robert Frost’s “Choose Something Like a Star” to construct a more sophisticated understanding of speaker, subject, and tone.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Finding Poetry in Prose: Reading and Writing Love Poems

After reading several poems that expand the definition of love poetry, students compose found poems based on a personal memoir—either their own or a love story of another writer.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Flip-A-Chip to Build Vocabulary

Flip-A-Chip to Build Vocabulary

This word-game strategy builds vocabulary and comprehension while motivating students.

 

Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements: How to Teach What Really Matters about Character, Setting, Point of View, and Theme

Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements: How to Teach What Really Matters about Character, Setting, Point of View, and Theme

Michael Smith and Jeffrey Wilhelm illuminate the intricacies of character, setting, point of view, and theme, helping students apply their understanding of literary elements to their reading as well as their writing.

 

 

Community Stories  

Doris Powers

Creativity is the Key to Hook Reluctant Readers

Doris Powers | Educator | Pennsauken, NJ

As a teacher who works with high school students that struggle with reading, there have been times in my classroom when I have felt disappointed with a lesson.  However, lucky for me, I have found many valuable and successful strategies, by utilizing ReadWriteThink.org.  One lesson I particularly like is “Book Report Alternative: Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover” by Cassandra Love, where she provides a creative alternative to the book report.  Students are given the opportunity to exhibit their ability to comprehend, interpret, and appreciate text.  I believe that we need to hook reluctant readers with the joys of reading by implementing creative strategies based on their interests