ALEX Learning Activity Resources

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Title: Determine the Central Idea
Digital Tool: Identifying Theme
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.

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Title: Hatching Out Main Ideas
Digital Tool: Quizlet
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.

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Title: Interactive Essay Writing
Digital Tool: Essay Map
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.

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Title: The Outsiders Novel Trailer
Digital Tool: Video: S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders-Book Trailer
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.

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