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Technology and Language Arts

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Technology and Language Arts


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Find a Standard



Background Ideas and Information

Aiming for HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)

Bloom\'s Taxonomy Blooms Digitally.pdf

21st Century Road Map



Web tools
ReadWrite Think Student Materials- A great place full of interactive applets that engage students!
Some great ones:
Google Lit Trips- Use Google Earth to follow the trail in some popular books (you will need to install Google Earth
Wordle- Use this tool to express ideas, identify main ideas, check for overused words... http://www.wordle.net/
Spelling City- things to do with your spelling lists http://www.spellingcity.com/
Delicious- This is a great tool (for any content area) that allows you and/or your students to bookmark and organize websites that are relevant to your topic. I've seen teachers use it to build background knowledge, or students use it to develop final projects by building a set of references for a topic. http://delicious.com/
Webspiration- a free, online version of Inspiration (don't know how much longer it will be free, however) http://mywebspiration.com/
Bubbl.us- another free online mindmapping tool (can be used across the curriculum) http://www.bubbl.us/index
Google Docs and Presentations- free, online word processing and presentation tools that students can access from any networked computer http://www.google.com/google-d-s/intl/en/tour1.html
Wacky Web Tales- need to practice parts of speech? http://www.eduplace.com/tales/
Storyline Online- Famous actors read popular books in these videos http://www.storylineonline.net/
Schoolhouse Rock- The lyrics to those classic songs! http://www.schoolhouserock.tv/
Word Central- from Merriam Webster, has games, daily buzzwords, and more http://www.wordcentral.com/home.html
Make Beliefs Comix- create a comic strip online http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
Great sites for Interactive Whiteboards
Construct a Word- From ReadWriteThink, use word families to build words! http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/construct/index.html
Many of the applets from ReadWriteThink would work well on an interactive whiteboard.
Crickweb- a UK site with several interactive language arts activities http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html
Thinkfinity- great place to search for lessons, resources, and interactives http://www.thinkfinity.org/home.aspx


There are a ton of great resources for Language Arts at Ed1Stop!
  • Discovery Streaming- videos about authors, videos of stories, videos to provide background for understanding a story, videos about grammar...
  • Digital English- K-5 Language Arts resources, including videos and accompanying worksheets and presentations
  • Between the Lions- animated stories, games, and more for primary students
  • Tumble Books- animated books
  • Houghton Mifflin- the online resources to accompany the Language Arts series
  • Pokeman Learning League- videos and activities to help teach language arts skills and information, including quotation marks, comparing and contrasting, similies and metaphors, story elements, and more
  • Teacher Cadre Projects


Literary Response Blogs
    Wringer by Jerry Spinelli http://schoolblogs.net/wringer/
    Literature Circle Planning http://itc.blogs.com/literaturecircles/
Blogs as a way to get students writing
http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/sanborn/blog/index.html -example of students writing daily reports for parents
http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/blog/blogideas2.cfm -Great list of examples of ways to use blogs (not just in Language Arts)
http://tufsdblogs.org/ccristella/ -Student writing is posted (even better would be having students RESPOND to the writing)
http://edtechtheresa.edublogs.org/  -Some more ideas of how to use blogs in Langauge Arts.


    Monster Project Wiki- practice descriptive writing to contribute a monster part, then use other classes' descriptions to build a monster- great for vocab development and ELD
Choose Your Own Adventure Wiki- Tell the story of Sylvia! http://kingston.wikispaces.com/ 


Break down a book- this site has all kinds of pages linked to a central book http://thewright3.wikispaces.com/

     Here's another great example of a class dissecting all aspects of a book http://wiki.woodward.edu/hannalee/doku.php?id=hannalee


7th Grade Student Reading Wiki- students working on different facets of the books they read during the semester http://7thgradenorthcore.pbworks.com/FrontPage




Choose your own adventure story


Create a timeline of a person's life in a calendar

          Holiday Calendar.ppt


Create a story map



Creating an Interactive PowerPoint.doc 


Create a class Big Book

  • Use a story that follows a template, and each student can contribute a page
  • Students may use clip art to illustrate the page, or use a drawing program to illustrate
  • Examples
    • Things that are MOST in the World by Judi Barrett (great for hyperbole)
    • If... by Sarah Perry (imaginative thinking)
  • "Book" can be projected and read as a class because everyone can see it (and later posted on a class wiki for parents to see!) 


Create a patterned book

  • Patterned stories are great in PowerPoint because you can use animations to emphasize the pattern
  • Example books
    • Fortunately by Remy Charlip
    • That's Good! That's Bad! by Margery Cuyler
    • My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman


Templates for seasonal stories



Look around on iTunes or through Google to find podcasts related to specific books or topics. Below are two podcasts that might also be useful.

Reading Rockets 'Meet the Author'- Audio and video interviews with authors of popular children's books, such as Lois Lowry and Chris Van Allsburg.


Subscribe at iTunes 


Storynory- classic tales told outloud with a little bit of history or commentary before the narrative.  British accent.  Quite relaxing to hear.



Teacher Created Materials Podcast

More for Professional Development in Language Arts.

Available in iTunes


Hooked on Phonics Podcast

Available in iTunes


Watch and Learn Video Podcast

Ideas for teaching reading

Available in iTunes



Student created podcasts; I especially like #37 about their literature circles


The 5th Graders of Room 34 at Tovashal Elementary - ColeyCast - ColeyCast


Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling is a great way to get students reading, writing, and communicating.


Interactive Whiteboards

Construct a Word- From ReadWriteThink, use word families to build words! http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/construct/index.html
Many of the applets from ReadWriteThink would work well on an interactive whiteboard.
Crickweb- a UK site with several interactive language arts activities http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

Document Camera

These aren't all related to language arts, but here's a handout with ideas for using a document camera in class.

 Try displaying a book with the document camera so that all of your students can see it.

Language Arts Strands and Activities


Reading: Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development


Reading: Reading Comprehension


Reading: Literary Response and Analysis


  • Research the Author- use Google or another search engine to research the author.  Many authors have their own websites that describe their history, motivation, current work, etc. 
  • Use Inspiration for graphic organization
    • Character Maps
    • Story Maps
    • Genre Descriptions
    • Venn Diagrams
  • Create a genre wiki, with examples of the genre, information about the genre...
  • Create an author wiki
  • Create a literary response blog (example: http://schoolblogs.net/wringer/)
  • Create a book report/book recommendation wiki- create categories and students can report back on the books they read
  • Use a pre-existing book recommendation site http://www.worldreading.org/
  • Examine circular story patterns with Circle Plot Diagram http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/student_material.asp?id=26
  • Compare and contrast characters, stories, and more using this tool that guides students through the process for planning a compare/contrast essay http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/student_material.asp?id=66



Writing: Strategies

  •  Have students verbally tell their story or argument or ideas they want to include in a writing assignment using a voice recorder.  They can get the ideas out without having to worry about spelling or punctuation, and can refer back to their recording. 


Writing: Applications


Writing: Written and Oral Langauge Conventions

  •  Digital storytelling- PhotoStory is a free Windows program that allows students and teachers to create movies that include media and text. Download it at:


  • Use voice recorders for students who are practicing a presentation.  They can hear themselves and identify ways to improve.






Other Resources


Knowledge Network from SBC



CTAP Region 3



Electronic School Article



Storytelling Resources



E-Mail and English



Online Books



Teaching the English Language Arts With Technology: A Critical Approach and Pedagogical Framework



101 Ways to Integrate Technology into Literacy Activities



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