Title: Determine the Central Idea
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[ELA2015] (7) 41: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. [L.7.6]Digital Tool Description: The digital tool will be used to introduce a lesson on how to determine the central idea or theme of a story. The video shows a short animated story to give students an example of how a central idea or theme of a story is determined.
Title: Hatching Out Main Ideas
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[ELA2015] (7) 9: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the Grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RL.7.10]Digital Tool Description: Quizlet is a free studying tool which allows students to create or search for subjects and contents and make online flash cards that will be used to assist in information retention. Students are able to use the tool to study among peers as well as individually.
Title: Interactive Essay Writing
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[ELA2015] (7) 21: Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. [W.7.2]Digital Tool Description: This interactive graphic organizer aids students in writing expository essays. It takes them through the process of organizing ideas and developing an outline that includes an introduction, body paragraphs that include supporting details, and a conclusion. The finished essay map can be e-mailed or printed for further analysis or revision.
Title: The Outsiders Novel Trailer
Video: S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders-Book Trailer Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (8) 3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision. [RL.8.3]Digital Tool Description: This YouTube video introduces The Outsiders, a novel by S.E. Hinton. It uses audio from an interview with the author to introduce the social themes of the novel.