ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Setting the Stage
Digital Tool: Spiderscribe.net
Digital Tool Description: SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online.
Title: Untangling the Web
Digital Tool: Doodle Splash
Digital Tool Description: Doodle Splash is an online interactive that allows students to incorporate their drawings with their writing. This site allows them to visualize their ideas and prompts them to write about those ideas.
Title: Book Report? Let's Travel There Instead!
Digital Tool: Read Write Think Printing Press
Digital Tool Description: The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events.
Title: ReadWriteThink Cube Creator
Digital Tool: Story Cube Creator Interactive
Digital Tool Description: The Story Cube Creator interactive allows students to summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. This interactive tool is used to help the students organize the story in a fun and engaging way.
Title: Birmingham was Bombed
Digital Tool: Wonderopolis- Write a TV Script
Digital Tool Description: Wonderopolis is a tool for engaging students using wonder about the world around them. Daily "wonders" create exploratory learning. The "How Do You Write a TV Script" wonder will be used to help students as they prepare to write their own mock newscast based on the event of the Birmingham Sixteenth Street Church bombing in 1963, as read about in the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963.
After reading the novel and exploring information about life in the 1960s, students will imagine what a news report from that day would have looked like. They will view this resource to understand the important components of a script before getting into small groups to write their own newscasts. The teacher will combine the scripts and students will create a short film either independently or with teacher assistance and present their newscast during Black History Month.