Title: Fact and Opinion Interactive Game
PBS Arthur Facts & Opinions Game Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (9) 17: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning. [RI.9-10.8]Digital Tool Description: This game encompasses a mini-lesson on facts and opinions, and then students are able to play an interactive game to assess their knowledge. Great way to introduce facts and opinions.
Title: Musical Metaphors and Similes
Metaphor and Simile Video Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (9) 13: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper). [RI.9-10.4]Digital Tool Description: This video can be used in a variety of ways with multiple grade levels to teach metaphors and similes.
Title: Odysseus: Epic Hero, Epic Journey
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[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.