What's In The Learn More Section
Standards Addressed Throughout
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
Great Tools- A Preview of Top References
This is a valuable alternative to teacher-in-the-front-of-the-room notetaking. With VoiceThread, a teacher can add her voice to a slide show. Then students can "drive" the show as fast or as slowly as they need, and complete a notetaking guide.
EdPuzzle takes the passivity out of movie watching. Teachers can insert questions into YouTube videos, and EdPuzzle records student answers. It's ease of use is a real benefit here; cutting video and adding questions takes only a few short minutes.
Just because it been around awhile doesn't mean it's not worth mentioning. This is the best tool I've found for collaborative writing projects. The "suggesting" function is also a godsend for peer edits.
Forms can be a valuable time-saver for teachers. I use it to sort data (like students' quiz responses), take surveys, shape essays, and make class rosters. This tool shines as a way to facilitate standards-based peer feedback.
Autocrat (Sheets Add-On)
It takes some getting used to, but Autocrat can generate some flashy material with the right form questions. Check out how I used it with both peer feedback and sentence starters in the Lessons section.