Feature Project Idea: Interactive Reading Maps
"Our PDIG proposed ways toaddress the Media Pursuit of the Advanced 5 Balanced Literacy Framework by creating an interactive map for students to track their reading experiences and consequently their learning. Essentially, we are hoping that students will locate their various texts on a world map and use places on their map to talk about how their texts contribute to a broader cultural conversation."
Read more about Ruwani and Heather's project in our blog entry:
Interactive Reader Maps in the English Language Arts Classroom
View the following English language Arts (ELA) sample Cartograf mapping scenarios, based on Heather and Ruwani’s project, on Cartograf here:
Take Me to Your Culture!
Map your Literature Circle Novel
Map your Author
Trace the Voyage of the Odeyak
Spoken Word Resources
Spoken word inspires students to follow the writing process to produce poetry they are passionate about. From brainstorming, writing, and editing to performance of a polished piece, engage your students in contemporary themes and topics. Spoken word is a dynamic way to get students to achieve ELA competencies - read, write and talk!
Ten Things to be True (brainstorm activity) - Download
Introduction to Spoken Word - Download
Spoken Word Rubric - Download
Poetry Analysis Tool - Download
Peer Evaluation Tool - Download
Open Mic Checklist - Download
The Media Production handbook offers strategies and resources to scaffold student production of media. The production process tools help students clarify thoughts, ideas and storyboard before diving into the technology.
DWAC - Differentiating Writing Across the Curriculum
Differentiating Writing Across the Curriculum (DWAC) is a toolkit to scaffold student writing across genres. From autobiography to article, photo essay to fantasy – DWAC includes graphic organizers and more to help avoid writer’s block.
Response Cards and Guide
Students don’t know what to say? Get the conversation moving with response cards. Includes a teacher guide with tips on using it in the classroom.
Problem Solving Cards
An activity to get students writing and responding from different points of view. Each activity has instructions, links to the QEP (Broad Areas of Learning and Cross-Curricular Competencies), and teacher tools.
How To - English Language Arts
Clever tutorials aimed at students to help them communicate through different genres.