Title: Cracking the Introduction to Their Eyes Were Watching God
EdPuzzle Video- Ruby Dee Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (11) 4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.) [RL.11-12.4]Digital Tool Description: Ruby Dee reads from introduction to Their Eyes Were Watching God. Students must view the video to respond to quiz questions.
Title: Set the Setting for the Dust Bowl Era
PBS The American Experience Website Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (11) 12: Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text. [RI.11-12.3]Digital Tool Description: The video could be used to introduce setting to the dust bowl as an introduction to the novel Of Mice and Men to orient students to the time period which is essential for understanding the novel.
Title: Interactive Plot Diagram
Plot Diagram Web Address URL:
[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.