Teacher Links: ELA
- Quill is a web based application that provides personalized writing and grammar lessons. Students using Quill learn English grammar by writing sentences and proofreading passages.
- As of May, 2014, they have created 150 lessons, covering Common Core topics for grades 1-8. Each lesson is approximately 10-15 minutes in length.
- While our lessons are arranged by Common Core Standard, there is not a fixed progression of lessons. Teachers have all of our lessons available to them, and they may choose to assign any lesson they're interested in teaching.
- Quill is built in HTML5 and runs on all tablets and modern browsers. Quill runs in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11. Empirical recommends that students have access to keyboards so that they can type their responses.
- Teachers create teacher accounts and students create student accounts. Teachers are given a class code for each class. Students join their teacher's class by plugging in their teacher's class code. Teachers may also manually create accounts for their students. We are currently working on allowing teachers to import their classes with .csv data and sign in through Google Apps.
- It is free and no student email is required.
Inklewriter is a great free writing tool to create a Choose Your Own Adventure style story. Writers who would like to create interactive stories will love this easy tool. Go to http://www.inklestudios.com/inklewriter/ to read an example story, watch a short tutorial video, or begin your own story. Create a login to save and make future revisions to your writing.
What they say about sign-up and email addresses: Students can work locally on stories, but to save their work, and return to it later, they'll need to register an account. The sign-up asks for an email address and a password (we use the email to send forgotten password notifications, and nothing else) but we know some student don't have emails.
That's no problem! Just give each student a unique name (including the school name), and enter that "@inklewriter". Then give them a password, so that if they forget it, you can remind them.
An email login is necessary in order to share their creations.
"Drag-N-Drop" provides words for them in categories of Noun, Adjectives, Adverbs, Verbs and Universal.
"Freestyle" lets them just type freely.
Hemingway.com will help with writing papers, essays. Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors. It will give the grade level of readability, address passive voice, as well as word, character, sentence and paragraph count.
To enter your writing, just highlight the body of text on the webpage and paste your words in their place. The diagnostics on the right will automatically change to reflect what it detects in your writing, readability, sentences, words, hard to read, adverbs, etc.
6 Technology-Based Poetry Ideas For Students That Think They Hate Poetry
It’s safe to say that of all the genres of literature we study in school, poetry is the most scary–and not just for the students.
Sometimes poetry gets a bad rap for being too dense, too pretentious, too much of an acquired taste for mainstream consumption. While it’s true that I could name many a poem that fits those descriptors, it’s also true that working with poetry can be a most whimsical, intriguing, dare I say light-hearted experience for you and your students.
Try one of these six strategies during National Poetry Month to invite your students to explore the jungle of this most-feared genre.
Read All About It at Different Levels http://newsela.com/
NEWSELA provides daily current events articles written specifically for K-12 students. Each day, the site adds three new articles to the collection. Categories include Kids, Science, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and War and Peace. For every article, there are versions written at different Lexile levels. With just a few clicks, a teacher can provide the same story leveled for students of differing reading abilities.
They touch on The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, The Catcher in the Rye, Emily Dickenson, How and Why We Read, etc.
Have your students send their future self some words of inspiration. Or maybe a swift kick in the pants. Or just share some thoughts on where they'll or what they'll be up to in a year, three years...more? And then we'll do some time travel magic and deliver the letter to them. FutureThem, that is.
Rewordify is a free site that was developed by a special education teacher and former computer programmer for the purpose of helping students read complex passages. At its most basic level Rewordify takes a complex passage and rephrases it in simpler terms. Students can adjust Rewordify's settings to match their needs. For example, students can add words to a "skip list" and those words will not be changed when they appear in a passage. Students can also use Rewordify to simply highlight difficult words instead of having them replaced. Watch the video below for a complete overview of how Rewordify works.
On the site, it said it was chapter 1, but when I opened it, It went through chapter 31. I opened that link on my iPad, then clicked for it to open in iBooks.
Audio files that can be downloaded: http://sites.google.com/a/gapps.gjps.org/juthk/home/english-11-files-1
It is a teacher's web page. Chapters 28-31 are not available on audio. The other chapters are there, but in a funny order. (It put them in order with all of the 1's first, chapter 1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2, etc.) It is read by Sissy Spacek and all must be downloaded.
Audio Files: a changing site - maybe worth checking from time to time or contacting him directly.
This is a teacher site. In January, he had Lord of the Flies audio files
At the end of March he had Farenheit 451 audio files
Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.