Title: What's THEMEssage
Story Cube-Writing and Publishing Student Interactive Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (5) 2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. [RL.5.2]Digital Tool Description: Story Cube: Students can summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. Students can even identify their favorite part of the story. The finished cube can also be saved, printed, and folded into a fun cube shape that can be used for future reference
Title: SUMmarize It
Summarizing-YouTube Video Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (5) 29: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources. [W.5.8]Digital Tool Description: The video will be used to introduce summarizing a text to students. The video will combine music, text, and images to engage the students and enhance the learning standard.
Title: Five Elements of a Story
Flocabulary Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (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]Digital Tool Description: The video will be used to introduce the elements of a story to students. The video will combine music, text, and images to enhance the standard.
Title: I Covered It!
Book Cover Creator Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (4) 35: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace. [SL.4.4]Digital Tool Description: Students can use this tool after they have read a book within a small group. They will create a book cover depicting their own interpretation of the main idea and create illustrations that they believe represent the book. Students will have the option to use different formats, depending on their preference of front/back/side covers. Students can print their covers and share them within their small groups. This way, students can hear different views and thoughts on one story.
Title: Acrostic Poems
Acrostic Poem Generator Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (4) 27: With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting. [W.4.6]Digital Tool Description: This program defines an acrostic poem and its components. It allows the student to create one of their own while guiding them through the simple process. It begins with a topic chosen by the student, then some brainstorming of words or phrases relating to the topic, and finally it asks for the appropriate words or phrases that correspond with the letters of the topic word. Once this is complete, the program arranges the poem on a page for the student.
Title: Recreate a Book Cover!
Book Cover Creator Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (4) 39: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.4.2]Digital Tool Description: 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.
Title: Functional Text: It's All Around Me
Answer Garden World Cloud Tool Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (5) 2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. [RL.5.2]Digital Tool Description: This digital resource allows the each student in the class to list examples of functional text in order to create a class word cloud.
Title: Interactive Plot Diagram
Plot Diagram Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (12) 33: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. [SL.11-12.5]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.