Title: Multimedia Storytelling
Meograph Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (11) 24: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information. [W.11-12.6]Digital Tool Description: Meograph is a multimedia storytelling web tool that enables users to create stories in chronological order while incorporating maps, video clips, music, pictures, etc. Students can create original stories or summarize texts from class while researching places, images, videos, etc as supplemental materials. Students may also type text into the presentation or record their own voice narration over the presentation.
Title: Odysseus: Epic Hero, Epic Journey
Hero's Journey Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (9) 4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone). [RL.9-10.4]Digital Tool Description: Using this interactive from Read Write Think, students will be able to chart details about Odysseus's journey that are unique to epic heroes. Categories include: name and description of hero, unusual birth, the call to adventure, the supernatural helper, talisman/special weapon, crossing the threshold, trials, achievement of goal, and reconciliation with a father figure.
Title: Let the Characters Speak for Themselves
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[ELA2015] (9) 3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. [RL.9-10.3]Digital Tool Description: Using Voki, students can create customizable, speaking avatars.
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.