ALEX Learning Activity

Recreate a Book Cover!

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Mandy Dame
Organization:0
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 395
Title:
Recreate a Book Cover!
Digital Tool/Resource:
Book Cover Creator
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

This tool, located on readwritethink.org, can be a useful resource for students. Students can create their own book covers. Students can create a front book cover, a full  dust jacket, or a front and back cover. Students can “draw” their own pictures and can add text to the covers. This tool is relatively easy for students to use, and would be a good tool for any grade.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
7 ) Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text. [RL.4.7]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.4.7- Use the text and/or an illustration to identify a character or setting in a story.


Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 4
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 4
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 4
12) Use basic features of digital tools to communicate key ideas and details in a way that informs and/or persuades.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 4
13) Synthesize complex information from multiple sources in different ways to make it more useful and/or relevant.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 4
15) Conduct complex keyword searches to produce valid, appropriate results and evaluate results for accuracy, relevance, and appropriateness.

Examples: Search techniques, check for credibility and validity.

English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 4
4. Apply knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes to encode unfamiliar multisyllabic words.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 4
19. Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

a. Determine and state an implied theme, explicit theme, or life lesson from a myth, story, or other traditional literature.

b. Analyze a common or shared theme and its development in stories, myths, and/or other traditional literature.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 4
39. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage.

a. Use relative pronouns who, whose, which, and that, relative adverbs where, when, and how, and irregular possessive nouns.

b. Form and use the progressive verb tenses.

Examples: I was walking, I am walking

c. Use modal auxiliaries to convey various conditions.

Examples: can, may, must
Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • use the Book Cover Creator to create a book cover of a recent read
  • write their own summary of the book
  • write a short biography of the author of the book
  • write a review of the book
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:

  • Students will read a chapter book of their choosing. The teacher will provide a list of acceptable books, including Where the Red Fern Grows, Holes, Dear Mr. Henshaw, Maniac Magee, or Because of Winn Dixie.
  • Students will be given time in the computer lab to research their author.
  • Students will then write a short biography about their author.
  • Students will write a short summary about their book.
  • Students will write a review of their book.
  • Students will use Book Cover Creator in order to create a full dust jacket for their book. Their biography, summary, and review will all be included on their cover.
Assessment Strategies:
The teacher will use the book cover that the student creates in order to determine whether learner objectives were met. The teacher will create a rubric to include assessment based on the student’s summary, biography, and review.

Advanced Preparation:

  • Students will have read their books in advance.
  • The teacher will explain how to write a summary, biography, and review in advance.
  • The teacher will check Book Cover Creator on the computers that will be used and will make sure that it is working correctly.

Variation Tips (optional):

Students could work together on this project or separately.  Students could also create a book cover on their own, instead of recreating one of a book already written.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

If a teacher does this lesson for multiple years, it could be a helpful tool to students to be able to see work of the previous students.

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