Learn about the parts of a story by building one of your own! Choose a setting and characters for your story and then add in a conflict and dialogue to make it uniquely yours.
Limericks are a very old verse form, and they continue to be popular because of their simplicity and humor. Learn what a limerick is and then play a game by matching phrases to create a complete limerick. Learn more about the history of limerick and even write an original limerick.
Are you looking for a way to help your students identify point of view in passages? Do your students continually struggle with clearly articulating the tone established by an author? Help your students enrich their vocabulary with this useful site. Students will find lists of highly specific terms related to tone, mood, and point of view. Supply your students with resources that will extend their learning so that they are more apt to answer questions about the tone with words like nostalgic, sentimental, moralizing, or cynical. Push your students to use precise word choices and watch their interpretations of authors' approaches and styles soar in the area of comprehension.
With pictures of nature, objects, urban scenes, animals, and more, Pic-Lits provides dozens of pictures to inspire student writing. Students write their text directly on the picture by dragging and dropping words from a word bank or by choosing to type freestyle. Students can use this opportunity to type a few words, a sentence, or even an entire paragraph or poem onto the picture. If students are struggling to get started, ideas for keywords are provided. With a free Pic-Lits account, students have options to save, share, or email their writing.
This interactive site has four exercises for students to practice counting syllables in words and in lines of poetry. The first part asks students to count the number of syllables in each line of poetry provided. The second part asks them to count the syllables in each line of a haiku and then sort them into the correct order. The third part asks students to put the lines of a cinquain into the correct order by counting syllables and following the pattern. Finally, part four is a game where students can pop each of the balloons that carry a three-syllable word. Students see how many they can get before they either run out of time or run out of lives by clicking on incorrect answers.
Get kids to make their own New Year’s resolutions by using this fill-in-the blank Wacky Web Tales. Maybe your resolution is to review grammar? This site will serve as a fun and interactive way for you to accomplish your resolution of reviewing parts of speech. Here students fill in different parts of speech, which will be inserted to make up a funny story. The site includes “Parts of Speech Help,” which provides brief definitions and examples to help students remember what each part of speech does.
PIZZAZ offers creative writing and storytelling activities for all ages. It is divided into three categories: Poetry, Fiction, and Bag of Tricks. Each entry provides a description, a warm up activity, instructions, examples, templates (if appropriate), and printable handouts. The Poetry section offers the usual types of poems -- Cinquain, Haiku, and Limericks and unique ones like Sausage and Twist poems. Fiction offers basket and chain stories, stories created from magazine pictures, and even Mad-Lib-style stories. Finally, Bag of Tricks offers games and tongue twisters. Although the site is set up for teachers, students could use the instructions to help with assignments or just to have creative fun.
Ever wonder how your dog seems to know when you are feeling happy or sad? Scientists have recently discovered that dog brains, like human brains, have dedicated voice areas, which helps explain why your dog just knows. A team of scientist at the University of Glasgow conducted MRIs on dogs’ brainsto see how they process different types of sounds; the dogs listened to about 200 dog and human sounds, such as whines, cries, playful barks, and laughs. The scientists also scanned the brains of 22 humans who listened to the same set of sounds. The results showed that dog brains have voice areas and that they process voices in the same way that human brains do. While there are differences, scientists have confirmed that dogs are sensitive to tone of voice. That's part of why they have become such integral parts of our human existence. How about a quick read and a great journal entry today?
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.
Communication is important in everything we do, have your students try this fun, interactive site to learn about communicating via posters, newspapers, or comics. In the Poster section, they'll watch a movie trailer, learn the about the parts of a poster, and then create their own poster for the movie. In the Newspaper section, they'l watch a news broadcast, learn the parts of a newspaper, and create their own newspaper. In the Comics section, kids view three examples of comic strips, learn about the parts of a comic strip, and create their own comic strip. Projects can be previewed and printed when done.
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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.