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ReadWriteThink Cube Creator

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Tiffany Marchman
Organization:University of North Alabama
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 397
Title:
ReadWriteThink Cube Creator
Digital Tool/Resource:
Story Cube Creator Interactive
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

In this activity, students will use a cube creator to organize the key elements in a story. 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.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
3 ) Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions). [RL.4.3]


NAEP Framework
Anchor Standard::
Anchor Standard 3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Cognitive Target::
  • Identify textually explicit information within and across texts such as character traits, sequence of events or actions, setting, (identify) figurative language.
  • Consider text(s) critically to evaluate a character's motivations and decisions.

NAEP Descriptor::
Evaluate and explain which story character is most important and provide specific info. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Infer character trait from story details to provide a description. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Evaluate character development using text support from beginning and end of a story. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Identify and explain attitudes of two main characters. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Use story events to support an opinion about a character's behavior. (Critique and Evaluate)

NAEP Descriptor::
Describe how main character's feelings change over the course of the story. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Infer a story character's feelings to provide a description.

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize reason for story character's action. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Use story events to support an opinion about story genre. (Critique and Evaluate)

NAEP Descriptor::
Evaluate and recognize primary importance of a character to the story. (Critique and Evaluate)

NAEP Descriptor::
Infer and recognize main problem faced by a story character. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize the main way author presents information about a biographical character. (Critique and Evaluate)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize description of character's action explicitly stated in a story. (Locate and Recall)

NAEP Descriptor::
Interpret description to recognize how story character feels. (Integrate and Interpret)



Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.4.3- Describe and/or identify a character, a setting, or an event in a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
9 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the Grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RL.4.10]


NAEP Framework
Anchor Standard::
Anchor Standard 9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Cognitive Target::
Consider Text(s) critically to evaluate the author's perspective or point of view within or across texts, take different perspectives in relation to a text, and compare or connect ideas, problems, or situations.
NAEP Descriptor::
Infer and explain a lesson common to story and poem. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize surface similarity between story and poem. (Integrate and Interpret)


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

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • produce authentic artifacts using digital tools.
  • review and revise authentic artifacts using digital tools.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • multimedia
  • artifacts
  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to use a variety of digital tools in which they can create or revise authentic artifacts to share their knowledge.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • design and create authentic artifacts using approved digital tools that meet COPPA guidelines.
  • review an authentic artifact to revise with new or additional information.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • everyone can be an author, producer, director, etc.
  • using digital tools.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 4
16) Gather and organize data to answer a question using a variety of computing and data visualization methods.

Examples: Sorting, totaling, averaging, charts, and graphs.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • gather data to answer a question using a variety of computing and data visualization methods.
  • organize data to answer a question using a variety of computing and data visualization methods how to use various computing methods.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • gather data
  • organize data
  • computing methods
  • data visualization methods
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • strategies to gather data to answer a question using a variety of computing and data visualization methods.
  • strategies to organize data to answer a question using a variety of computing and data visualization methods.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • gather and organize data to answer a question using a variety of computing and data visualization methods.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • a variety of computing and data visualization methods can be used to answer a question.
  • there are strategies for gathering and organizing data to answer a question using a variety of computing and data visualization methods.
  • different solutions call for certain types of computing and data visualization.
Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to identify the key elements in a story.
  • Students will use the cube creator to organize the key elements in a story.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

The students will begin by reading and analyzing an assigned story in class. The students will then begin their interactive activity. The interactive organizer is a six-sided cube with each of the story elements appearing on each side. Students will record their answers to the prompts on each side. Once the student records their information on one side, the cube flips to a different side with a new prompt. The main idea of the Cube Creator is to focus on each element in greater detail. These details will work together to produce the main idea of the story. Once the student completes the cube, the student will be able to have a fun organized cube of information. The teacher may print out the cubes to allow the student to create a hands-on cube.

Assessment Strategies:

The students will identify the key elements in a story and use the interactive cube to organize the information. The teacher will be able to evaluate the students by viewing each student's story cube to see if they fully understand the concept of the story elements. This will also allow the teacher to know if the students have met the content standard.


Advanced Preparation:

The students will utilize the interactive following their lesson on learning about each story element. The students will have had practice reading and identifying the key elements in a story previous to this activity.

Variation Tips (optional):

This YouTube video is a song that can be played as extra guidance for the students to understand the elements of a story. The video gives several examples of each element that is easy for the students to remember. With each example, is a visual that corresponds to each story element. The song utilizes rhyming to make the song easy to remember and fun for the students!

Flocabulary

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
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