Use this interactive site to learn to write myths, folktales, and fairy tales with famous authors, and publish them. The myths section provides the opportunity to write a myth with Jane Yolen, to read myths from countries around the world, and to use the Myth Brainstorming Machine to create your own myth. The folktales section includes folktale writing with Alma Flor Ada and Rafe Martin, learning about folklore, and writing your own folktale. For fairy tale and fable writing, join John Sciezka to learn about writing fractured fairy tales, and discover fairy tales from around the world. Then, learn the art of storytelling with Gerald Fierst
Take your students on a virtual field trip to the Magical Library. Your early elementary students will become entranced as they listen to Henry, a book-loving wizard, as he describes different types of genres featured in his library. Henry will review different concepts about books and then teach students about new ways for them to identify the genre, author, and illustrator of a book. After listening to short segments from this magical wizard, students will identify books that are storybooks and nonfiction books. Students will also practice finding the authors and illustrators of several books. Help your students quickly apply their learning in a supportive environment that provides specific feedback in a timely manner with applications that get progressively more difficult.
This site is great for all ages. Tar Heel Reader features thousands of books, 10,000 published authors, translations in 8 different languages, and opportunities for users to write and publish their own books. Books can be illustrated with users' own pictures or those from the huge collection at Flickr. Click on the menu icon to find a book by searching titles or topics or browse the collections. Select from two ratings (e for everyone or c for caution), or choose to read only books that have been reviewed. Each book can be speech enabled.
Help students understand the art of writing with humor. Students will engage in reading of the following works: "A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It"; "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses"; "The Story of Grandfather's Old Ram" from Roughing It; "Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog"; "Seventieth Birthday Speech"; "Talking with Spirits" from Life on the Mississippi; "The House Beautiful" from Life on the Mississippi; "The Royal Nonesuch" from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; and "Tom Sawyer Whitewashing the Fence" from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Students will analyze Twain's wit and observations. Then students will attempt to replicate his literary style and humor as they make their own observations about people they know and then incorporate these humorous details into a fictional work.
This user-friendly interactive is designed to help early readers recognize letters and sounds in a fun and engaging manner. Listen and watch as Garfield and his friends provide silly entertainment while focusing on the fundamental essentials of reading. Choose between three books and be introduced to a variety of different sound sets and letter recognition. Each story provides interactive sight-word and letter association activities. Another section includes helpful tools for developing young readers’ literacy skills through matching by letter or sound identification.
It's never to early to begin training in finding the main idea of a passage. It can be somewhat tricky for young readers. One way to build this skill is to practice identifying a topic. This fun and interactive game asks readers to look at several words and decide which word represents the topic of the group. Players will also sort words into categories and practice labeling categories for a group of words. Finally, players will read three different paragraphs and choose a topic for each that is not too narrow and not too broad. Students can practice main idea skills while having fun!
Are your students mixing up the sounds for short /i/ with the short /e/? Do your students get motivated whenever they are allowed to use electronic devices? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, let the animated character named Roy the Zebra join your students. Roy the Zebra will help your students improve their phonemic awareness and decoding skills as they review short vowel sounds in the context of rhyming word families. When given a phonetic rule, students will drag a word that matches the rule provided. For each correct answer, students will enjoy seeing an animated rhino roller skate down a series of hills.
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.
Pair the reading of Washington Irving's delighfully scary tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" with fine art - John Quidor's "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane." Using the rollovers provided with the artwork, analyze how the painter portrayed the writer's words and discuss whether Quidor was successful in representing the meaning and the mood that Irving created in his story. What does a study of the painting add to an understanding of the text? Are there ways in which pairing the painting and the story detract from the effect of the story on its own?Using this site, students can examine ways in which pictures are text and can sometimes tell stories.
Reading and writing are essentially thinking. This site examines the aspects of critical thinking, including rationality, self-awareness, honesty, open-mindedness, discipline, and judgment. While teaching or learning how to think critically is a difficult task, understanding what the components of critical thinking are makes it more likely that we will recognize when we are NOT thinking critically. As students work to develop the skills described here, they will begin to read and write with more discernment, and will be more aware of the ways media, from ads to political rhetoric, seek to persuade them to buy products or positions.
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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.