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Technology and Language Arts

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Technology and Language Arts

 

Download a notes sheet where you can copy and paste links and type notes to yourself

Technology_Tools_for_K_8_Language_Arts.doc

 

Find a Standard

http://clrn.org/search/standards.cfm

 

Background Ideas and Information

Aiming for HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)

Bloom\'s Taxonomy Blooms Digitally.pdf

21st Century Road Map

english_in_black__white.pdf

 

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

 

Ed1Stop
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.
 
 
 

Wikis

    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

 

PowerPoint

 

Choose your own adventure story

 

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

          Holiday Calendar.ppt

 

Create a story map

         story_map_sample.ppt 

 

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.

http://www.readingrockets.org/podcasts/authors

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.

http://storynory.com/

 

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

 

ColeyCast

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:
 

Speaking

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

 

 

Listening

 

 

Other Resources

 

Knowledge Network from SBC

http://www.kn.pacbell.com/news/CAschools/la.htm

 

CTAP Region 3

http://www.ctap3.org/handouts/read_tech/techoptionsholt.htm

 

Electronic School Article

http://www.electronic-school.com/0198f4.html

 

Storytelling Resources

http://storyarts.org/sitemap.html

 

E-Mail and English

http://tilleka.tripod.com/

 

Online Books

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/

 

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

 http://www.citejournal.org/vol4/iss1/languagearts/article1.cfm

 

101 Ways to Integrate Technology into Literacy Activities

http://www.edzone.net/~mwestern/101Ways.html

 

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