Title: Analyzing Poems with Google Forms
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[ELA2015] (8) 40: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. [L.8.5]Digital Tool Description: Google forms allows a teacher to create a digital form for students to use during or after an assignment.
Title: Tell-Tale Heart
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[ELA2015] (8) 9: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of Grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RL.8.10]Digital Tool Description: Animoto is a FREE video-building tool that incorporates the use of pictures, music and text.
Animoto will be used by the students so that the students can clearly explain their feelings about whether the narrator was mad.
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.
Title: Trading Knowledge with Character Cards!
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[ELA2015] (8) 34: Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest. [SL.8.5]Digital Tool Description: The Character Trading Cards interactive from ReadWriteThink allows students to create trading cards for characters in any reading selection. The interactive tool features questions about a character’s appearance, personality, thoughts, feelings, conflicts, and actions. Additionally, students are encouraged to make personal connections to the character in the last section of the trading card. (A planning sheet is available to print for planning purposes before the students use the online tool.)