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Google can also be used to create Literature Trips. It is possible, using google maps, to track the journeys of characters from your favorite novels. Students are able to put in placemarks that can include pictures or relevant research. It is also possible to track the distance that characters have traveled in the book. Instruction on how to make a map can be found here. https://support.google.com/mymaps/#topic=3188329
Some examples created in Google Earth (easily adapted for Google Maps) can be found here:
Students can create a variety of projects using Stop Motion, but using it to illustrate their poetry, can allow to students demonstrate their own perspective through visuals. Creating an audio bite and back drops can established the mood of the poem.
Poems which contrast things are most effective. Also Poems which have action words can be used.
Some Suggestion of Poems:
Haiku, Tanka, Cinquain, Quinzaine, Diamante or Contrast
Have you ever considered having students create newspaper stories or articles? Or even full newspapers?
Students will learn to choose descriptive concise language when writing an article.
Keep these in mind:
Start with a lead which captures the audience
Give important details and facts (who, what, where, when, why and how) which are necessary components of an article
Follow up by talking more about the main facts
Try to remain unbiased
Write a conclusion which restates the important facts
Use pictures and captions
The basics of an news article can be taught by having students create bogus stories. One of my favourite examples of a creative writing activity is to have students find a picture and create a headline and article which misleads the reader.
Comics are very powerful pieces of writing. Students enjoy reading and creating comics. Two apps on the iPad,, Comic Life and BookCreator, allow students to create their own comics.
One of the best ways to engage your students in a story writing dialogue activity, is to use Comics. What better way is there to show how writing dialogue needs to appropriate, clear and effective? If their characters’ dialogue does not drive the plot, then the audience cannot follow their story.
Students can use Comic Life or BookCreator to display their understanding of any topic in their non-fiction writing:
Autobiographies or Biographies
Comic Life and BookCreator have many unique comic features and the purpose for using these features needs to be explained to students.
Panels and Pages
a panel is like a paragraph, with one main idea
size of panel shows time and importance
we read panels left to right, top to bottom
shows us setting
Characters and important objects
carries the narrative of the story
tells us about setting
explains what happens between panels
Speech and Thought Bubble
displays characteristic of characters
Is often the core text feature, giving the most information
You can also have students explore App Smashingby:
Adding themselves as characters on a background in PicCollage
In Drawing Box, create their own drawings and add to their comic
What is the educational value for completing word puzzles?
This is a great question, that has been debated by many educators.
Working with spelling words and new vocabulary, seems like a justifiable use for using word puzzles. However; when created by the teacher, the students require no creative thinking and often lack the comprehension and connection to the new vocabulary. Sort of a worksheet in a different form. So how do we “up” the value? This value increases when you have them create their own word puzzles.
On the Discovery Education Site students can create
Word Search with Hidden Message
All which link vocabulary to meaning.
After students have created their word puzzle, on the iPad hold finger on the image and download into photos. In Photos share or upload the image into Notability and have students compete.
On macbook, right click on image and save. Share via email or google drive then download image and add image to a notebook file and use pens to complete.
If your students are doing a character profile, for Reading or for development of character for writing, creating a Wanted Poster is a great way to explore character traits.
Create your poster as a Wanted Poster for a character (an antagonist/protagonist in your novel or story (or some other character you find interesting) Include in the information Name, last seen, physical description, special features and known associates.
Two iPad Apps will be used
Create an avatar using Avatar Creator
Create Poster using Pic Collage
get a background image of a scroll or old paper (portrait view)
open Pic Collage and create a new Collage
Make your background a scroll/old paper
Add pictures, text drawings etc, following the criteria below
Poster must include:
The word Wanted in large black type at the top of the poster
The Reason(s) Your Character is wanted for directly below the word Wanted
Your Character’s Name
A Detailed Image of Your Character (Avatar)
A Detailed Physical Description of your character
description of face and body features
description of clothes
description of accessories
A Detailed Personality Description of your character
Personality traits such as mean, shy, happy
A reasonable reward
A last seen statement : Last seen headed for Charlie Lake