ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Consider Connotations
Digital Tool: Word Matrix
Digital Tool Description: The Word Matrix is a tool designed to assist teachers in vocabulary instruction, but it has flexible applications in literary analysis and writing instruction as well. The interactive tool can be used to teach students the concepts of connotation and register; to help clarify differences between seemingly similar words; to explore the concept of diction in literary analysis; or to encourage more precision in word choice in student writing.
Title: Trading Knowledge with Character Cards!
Digital Tool: Character Trading Cards
Digital Tool Description: The Character Trading Cards interactive from ReadWriteThink allows students to create trading cards for characters in any reading selection. The interactive tool features questions about a character’s appearance, personality, thoughts, feelings, conflicts, and actions. Additionally, students are encouraged to make personal connections to the character in the last section of the trading card. (A planning sheet is available to print for planning purposes before the students use the online tool.)
Title: Using Verbal Irony in a Travel Brochure
Digital Tool: My Brochure Maker
Digital Tool Description: After reading Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," students will create a travel brochure for a fictional trip to the Carnival setting in the short story. After analyzing the use of verbal irony by Montressor to lure Fortunato into the catacombs, students will use verbal irony to "lure" vacationers on their trip.