In Dream Wakers, author and educator Ruth Culham focuses her love of children’s literature—and her decades of work developing the six traits of writing—on books that celebrate Latino life and culture. She presents a wide variety of ideas to teach writing using some of the richest and most beautiful children’s books available. Dream Wakers provides an annotated list of more than 120 books with do-it-today lesson ideas for teaching the traits of writing—Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. More than half of the books listed are bilingual or available as English or Spanish editions. Dream Wakers also includes 11 original, insightful essays by renowned children’s authors of some of the featured books. A reference chart helps teachers locate books quickly by trait, genre, language, and author/publisher information. Teachers can view the contents and preview the entire book online.
In this blog, Jason Ohler discusses 20 revelations about digital storytelling. From simple storytelling technologies in the early days of smartphones to the plethora of information that is available today, he tells a story about the good and the bad, the new and the old, and how we continue learning to find our own narrative. This blog encompasses the first of his revelations.
The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL)initiative is building the next generation of public media with a unique digital journalism curriculum, local PBS station mentors, and the opportunity to tell important community stories to the world. The program creates transformational education experiences for middle school and high school students in classrooms and afterschool environments.
Lingro is a cool tool for both the “wow” factor and its usefulness. Students type a web address into the field on the Lingro website and go to that site. Lingro then instantly turns the text on that website into a clickable dictionary.