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: A Christmas Carol
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[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: Sock puppets is an app that students can use to present their voice with the annimation of sock puppets. It is a great tool for students who are shy, or not confident when presenting in front of a class.
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: Interactive Plot Diagram
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[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.