ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Delve Deeper Into Literary Characters through Acrostics
Digital Tool: Acrostic Creator in Read/Write/Think
Digital Tool Description: This online interactive resource guides students toward identifying the characteristics of a character in a literary work and then assists them toward rewording the characteristics in the form of an acrostic.
Title: Interactive Plot Diagram
Digital Tool: Plot Diagram
Digital Tool Description: This organizational tool for grades K-12 uses the plot diagram pyramid to map events in a story. You can choose beginning, middle, and end for younger learners or exposition, climax, and resolution for older learners. The mapping tool allows readers to recreate a story you have taught in class, or writers to map out the ideas for an original piece.
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.