Want to practice your grammar and you ninja skills at the same time? Grammar Ninja can help. This interactive site gives students allows students to work through three levels of mastery by throwing ninja stars at different parts of speech within sentences. The beginning level focuses only on nouns and verbs. The Skilled Ninja level adds in pronouns, articles, adjectives, and adverbs. Finally, Master Ninjas identify all eight parts of speech. Each level ends in a Mission Complete screen that displays the student’s time, number of incorrect answers, and rank, so even when they have completed a level, they can also go back to try to master it more quickly and accurately.
Looking for a resource that combines grammar and fun? Look no further. Wacky Web Tales uses parts of speech to create silly stories and can be extremely entertaining. Students will test their knowledge on parts of speech as they fill in this web tale called the "Holiday Sing-A-Long". Once completed, the reading of the web tale will reveal just how wacky it turned out....enjoy!
Slide into sentences, punctuation and style with these wacky flightless birds! Use the words, sentences or passages these penguins glide in with to create pure poetry in ice skating motion!
Aliens are invading from outer space and need your primary students’ help! Engage your students in interactive segments that will require them to sort capital letters and lower case letters. Then they will travel to other planets to aid different aliens with other editing skills: capitalizing the first word in complete sentences; capitalizing people’s first names; and always capitalizing the pronoun “I” in sentences. Students will earn a certificate to exemplify their accomplishments in mastering capitalization.
Are you looking for ways to connect abstract ideas and writing? Do the terms “tone” and “voice” need a boost in your students’ writing pieces? Help your students translate the writing styles of Markus Zusak’s in the Book Thief and John Donne’s poem entitled “Death Be Not Proud” into the authoring of their own poems. During this lesson, each student will write a poem with poetic devices such as personification, tone, and metaphorical language. Each student will analyze his/her topic, an abstract idea or object that is personally important. Students will also delve deeply into themselves to search for deeper ways to clearly convey a message that the reader of the poem will understand.
Read Edgar Alan Poe’s poem “The Raven” in a whole new way. Color-coded words aid in comprehension in several ways. Place the cursor on yellow words to see the definitions of these difficult vocabulary words. Words in red demonstrate internal rhyme; blue words show examples of alliteration, and words in purple are examples of assonance. Highlighting the literary devices relating to sound can bring readers to a new understanding of the complexity of one of Poe’s most famous works of art. Check out this site and interact with Edgar Alan Poe in a whole new way!
Learn about how the couplet is used in poetry—what it is used for and how to construct one of your own. There are many different forms of the couplet and even more variations based on the line length and meter. Types included in this site are the short, split, Heroic, Alexandrine and Qasida. Each form includes a description and an example in order for you to write one of your own. Learn how couplets work independently and within a poem. Although many couplets can be fused to create a unified work, each one should be a powerful and thought-provoking work on its own.
This is an excellent guide for evaluating the usefulness and authority of web resources. It provides an infographic that could be converted into a poster or linked to a class website. The guide is broken down into steps, with each one supported by clear examples that demonstrate how to follow the instructions. The descriptions explain how the steps determine reliability and usefulness, and what clues indicate a resource may not be trustworthy. The guide could also be used as a tutorial for walking students through how to evaluate the web resources they use in their research.
Need to write an essay comparing a common classical novel to a movie? Why not try Ad Lit's site? By comparing the classics to modern movies, you will study the themes connected to the ills of racism, the coming of age, strong women, and utopia vs. dystopia. Helping you connect associations to challenging texts via the comparison with movies will help you gain deeper comprehension. You will participate in discussions that will aid in helping you see the present-day applicability to the classics. A few of the thematic pairings included in the module are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and In the Heat of the Night; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini andSlumdog Millionaire; The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton or Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers and Gangs of New York; The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison or Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and the film version of Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Got an upcoming project or paper coming up? Then check out this website for help evaluating sources for research projects with a step-by-step guide. In the initial appraisal, it tells how to focus on author’s credentials, date of publication, edition, publishers, and titles of periodicals. Then it moves to analyzing the content. Does it fit the intended audience? Is it real information or propaganda? Does it make sense and cite sources? It offers tips for analyzing both print and web sources, and provides signs of bad sources. Included is an exercise in which students list bad sources and explain what makes them bad.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.