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Writing Prompts. Argument Techniques. Make a Powerful Argument. Close Reading. Getting Close to Reading. Trading Card Creator. The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples.

Trading Card Creator

This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot.

Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject. Zero-Friction Free Online Mind Mapping Software - Mind Map in the cloud. Capture ideas at the speed of thought – using a mind map maker designed to help you focus on your ideas and remove all the distractions while mindmapping.

Zero-Friction Free Online Mind Mapping Software - Mind Map in the cloud

Create unlimited mind maps for free, and store them in the cloud. Your mind maps are available everywhere, instantly, from any device. Brainstorm, create presentations and document outlines with mind maps, and publish your ideas online and to social networks. Get Started Why use MindMup? MindMup is great for individual note-taking, collaborative planning, teamwork and classrooms. 1 Powerful keyboard shortcuts speed up your work 2 Frictionless interface helps you focus 3 Convert maps easily to PDF, PowerPoint, outlines... 4 Publish and share maps online 5 Easily save to Google Drive and manage using Google Apps.

The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories. A key concept that’s important for students to learn is the importance of engaging with the text — not just being a passive reader.

The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

There are obviously many effective instructional strategies to help them practice that lesson. One pretty explicit way is for them to have access to reading “choose your own adventure” stories where they are periodically given choices of what they want characters to do, and then participate in the construction of the story itself. The Goosebumps series of books is a well-known example of genre. In the world of English Language Learner teaching, these kinds of stories are also called “Action Mazes.”

There are many other examples of “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories on the Web that are accessible to English Language Learners, and “The Best…” list will links to them. In addition, writing these kinds of stories has the potential of being a fun and educational group writing activity for English Language Learners and other students. 10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers With Technology. I received this email the other day. Hi Beth. I am a student from the Harvard summer session on Teaching Elementary Grades with Technology . I have been voulun-told to teach a session on Literacy Centers using tech to staff members in a week.

I am hoping you have some insight or ideas for this!? THANKS Jenn First off, I love the concept of being volun-told as that describes so much of how life evolves in a school, but I digress. - 108 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom...Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 2 - Michael Gorman. PlayTales App Teaches Your Kids To Love Books With Interactive Kids Stories. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably wondered about what sorts of tools and interactive apps are available that can help you teach your child to love reading.

PlayTales App Teaches Your Kids To Love Books With Interactive Kids Stories

Well, if so, here’s an app you can’t miss. A new application called PlayTales aims to instill a love of books in pre-schoolers and early readers by offering interactive versions of books for them to enjoy. The combination of interactivity and storytelling works well to intrigue and entertain the kids, while teaching them that reading stories can be lots of fun. It’s been developed with the help of numerous parents, teachers and willing child play-testers. Plus, it’s free, so take a closer look! Get PlayTales Free On Most Platforms Download your copy of PlayTales for free for the Android phone, Windows phone, iPhone or iPad.

You’ll receive two free books to get you started, and there are a few titles available for free, then books will mostly cost you up to $2 from then on.

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Reading. Stage'D. Penzu - Comic strips. Howtoons. MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages. Comic Master. World's Best Way to Make & Share Comics. Comic Creator. The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).

Comic Creator

The organizers focus on the key elements of comic strips by allowing students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue (shown at left). This versatile tool can be used by students from kindergarten through high school, for purposes ranging from learning to write dialogue to an in-depth study of a formerly neglected genre. The tool is easy to use, made even easier with the Comic Strip Planning Sheet, a printable PDF that comic creators can use to draft and revise their work before creating and printing their final comics.

After completing their comic, students have the ability to print out and illustrate their final versions for feedback and assessment. Grades K – 3 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson. ToonDoo - World's fastest way to create cartoons! Create your own comic strips - Bitstrips. Postcard Creator.

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