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Using iMovie Trailers to Compare and Contrast

orangebanana2Using iMovie is a creative way for students to practice the language of Compare and Contrast.

Here is a document  with key words used in both compare and contrast.

Compare and Contrast

Use one of the Storyboards to have students compare and contrast two things.  Each text line needs to be a sentence comparing or contrasting.  The images in the storyboard will link to the text.


  • their self with a peer
  • their self with a character from a book
  • two animals
  • two countries


Blogging using Kidblog

Several of the WWP classes are starting to use Kidblog.  Teachers can easily set up their classes and let the posting and commenting begin.

By definition a blog is a site where individuals or groups can record opinions or information about topics.  It is expected that the posts are made regularly and that an audience is allowed to make comments.  The classroom is a great place for both the blogger and audience.

Teachers must teach explicitly expectations for posting and commenting.  Never assume that students know what they do or not do.  Teach them to be clear in their communication, using appropriate, correct language and fully explaining themselves.  Remind them that what they publish is going out into cyberspace, and therefore can be copied and used by others.  Never say something on line, that you would not say in person.  When making comments, encourage students to follow 3 points:  What did you notice, what questions you have and what connection can you make to this opinion.

Teachers can use in a variety of ways

  1. Journal Writing
  • Post Journal topics and have students post their opinions
  • Allow students to comment following expectations

2.    Literature or Information Circles

  • Reading Responses
  • Double sided journals
  • Lit circle jobs

3.    Presenting Work

  • import documents
  • images
  • audio
  • online work

They could publish their StoryBird
Music is my special place. on Storybird
Enjoy your developing bloggers!

Included is instructions for creating a class Kidblog.



The Writing Process

The Writing Process in a WWP class is generally no different than a traditional class except that students are using technology.  Teachers will still be doing activities of Prewriting, Brainstorming, Drafting, Revising, Proofing, Editing, and Publishing. 

1.      Prewriting and Brainstorming is any activity in which writers are determining their topic, and purpose. They should also be keeping their audience in mind.

  • Several teachers use the framework of RAFTS to help students plan their writing.  Not that they are trying to keep afloat in classes.  RAFTS stands for ROLE, AUDIENCE, FORM, TOPIC AND STRONG VERB (explain, persuade).
  • Primary teachers use drawing to help students to access prior knowledge about a potential writing topic.  Use Notebook or iPad apps such as Drawcast, to have students draw their ideas.
  • Use online apps such as Portrait Maker or the iPad app Portrait to create avatars for characters in stories
  • Use Media to help students come up with ideas.  Do an image search, find a sound effect or explore Educational videos through sites such as NeoK12, YouTube, or National Geographic For Kids
  • Using technology, students can quickly research topics using sites such as Simple Wikipedia or QWiki (also iPad app)
  • Using graphic organizers like Inspirations (Application and iPad App) allows students to web ideas and begin the organization of their ideas. They can use text, pictures and even audio to capture their ideas.

2.      Drafting

  • Using a word processing application such as Word, Pages or Open Office, allows the Process pieces for Drafting, Revising, Proofing and Editing to become intertwined.  No longer does the writer need to work through draft, then revise, then proof, etc, a 21st century writer does this simultaneously.
  • have students use the Quick Scales (available on this site) to self assess or have a peer assess their work

3.      Publishing

  • Their are a variety of ways for students to present their final projects

    iPad Apps

    Computer Apps

    Comic Life
    I Tell a Story, BookCreator



    Let students be creative in choosing a way to present their work! Enjoy!


    Word, Open Office
    Comic Life
    Garage Band: Podcast, iPhoto or PowerPoint





Collaborative Writing

One of the big ideas in the WWP is the belief that writing is social and collaborative.  Students generate creative pieces when they have an opportunity to share their ideas and build on other’s thoughts.  When students collaborate with writing, they have opportunity to expose themselves to different styles.  They get to see examples of “good” writing techniques.  There are a variety of ways to say “Mary ran into the classroom”.  As teachers we can introduce more complex language and sentences, but then sometimes, they just don’t get.  When they see their peers using a variety of words and sentences, it is almost learning by osmosis.  Try using this online site to create collaborative works.

Instructions to students

  1. One student goes to http://typewith.me/
  2. Give your Pad an unique “easy” name (madeupname)
  3. Have partner(s) type in URL http://typewith.me/p/madeupname
  4. Begin the writing
  5. One student exports the work at the end of the writing session.