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Apr 272015
 

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students.

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from our library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

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Similes Practice

Students complete common similes and determine what makes a good simile.

2a

 

Similes Quiz

Students are challenged to complete common similes.

3a

 

Batter Up!

Students identify whether a sentence is a simile, metaphor, alliteration or onomatopoeia in this fast paced baseball game.

 

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Metaphors Tutorial

Students learn the difference between a metaphor and a simile and are challenged to completed some common metaphors.

 

5aDo You Know Your Metaphors?

Students are challenged to match common metaphors.

 

Enhancing Stories with Multimedia

 Posted by on April 21, 2015  Common Core  Comments Off
Apr 212015
 

duke ellingtonThere are two Common Core standards that specifically address stories told with multimedia.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.7 Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.7 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

However there are several reasons beyond “because the standards said so” to incorporate multimedia stories into your classroom.

Multimedia can enhance the telling of a story in a way a book cannot be because of audio capabilities.  As teachers, our first thought is usually that voiceovers can help our students who are struggling with reading a text independently.  Yet there are other elements audio can add to particular stories that contribute to a richer understanding of the topic.

For example, the picture book Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney is enhanced in a multimedia version by allowing students to hear Duke Ellington’s music.

The same is true for Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! by Lloyd Moss.  In the multimedia version, students get to hear the sound of each of the orchestral instruments.

Multimedia stories can also encourage student thinking about how stories can be told in different ways.  In an multimedia version of the short story, Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Siger, there is no dialogue.  Students have the opportunity to experience a story told only visually and through narration.  They have to play close attention to non-verbal clues in the characters actions and in the setting of the story.  All information is not explicitly stated by the narrator which forces students to use higher order thinking skills and to draw conclusions.

How have you used multimedia stories to enrich your students’ experiences with literature?