ALEX Learning Activity Resources

ALEX Learning Activities  
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Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (8), English Language Arts (8)
Title: Acceptable Use
Description: In this activity, the students will review the school technology/acceptable use policy.  The students will research items to include in these types of policies, including legal protections such as CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, ADA Compliance, etc. Finally, the students will collaboratively draft their own policy and share with their classmates, school, and/or board of education.  This activity was created as a result of the DLCS COS Resource Development Summit.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 12)
Title: CNN Student News
Description: CNN Student News is a 10-minute news program designed specifically for middle and high school students.  There is a program each day (Monday-Friday).  Each show comes with a daily transcript, daily curriculum, and additional support materials to use in the classroom.  Each show is designed with the Common Core standards in mind and aligns with the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards. For additional information on how to use CNN Student News in the classroom, visit

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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8)
Title: Consider Connotations
Description: The Word Matrix is a tool designed to assist teachers in vocabulary instruction, but it has flexible applications in literary analysis and writing instruction as well. The interactive tool can be used to teach students the concepts of connotation and register; to help clarify differences between seemingly similar words; to explore the concept of diction in literary analysis; or to encourage more precision in word choice in student writing.  

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Subject: English Language Arts (8)
Title: Trading Knowledge with Character Cards!
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.)

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