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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.