Showing posts with label biography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label biography. Show all posts

Monday, November 26, 2012

Create Trading Cards for Historical and Fictional People, Places, and Events

Through one of Tony Vincent's Tweets I learned about a wonderful free iPad app from Read Write Think. Read Write Think Trading Cards allows students to create trading cards about people, places, and events both real and fictional. I used the app to create a trading card about Winston Churchill. To create my Winston Churchill trading card I simply selected "real person" from the list of trading card options, uploaded a picture of Winston Churchill that I found on the web, and then filled in the details that the trading card template asked for. My completed trading card can be shared via email, printed, or saved to my iPad's camera roll.

Applications for Education
Some of the ways that the Read Write Think Trading Card app could be used by students is to create a set of trading cards about characters in a novel, to create a set of cards about people of historical significance, or to create cards about places that they're studying in their geography lessons. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Create Story Cubes With Templates from Read Write Think

Earlier this week I spent some time browsing Read Write Think and came across this lesson plan for creating biography cubes. The biography cube template is part of a larger set of four story cube templates called Cube Creators.

Cube Creators provide templates designed to break the writing process into six distinct parts. There are templates for writing biographies, mysteries, short stories, and a blank template that you can customize. Students enter the required information into the online template. When the template is completed, it can be printed with lines for cutting and folding to create an actual cube.

Applications for Education
Cube Creator templates could help students get started on a writing assignment when they're confronted with writer's block. The templates also provide guidance for outlining and formatting a story. These templates are suitable for elementary school use.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A&E Biography for Kids - Frederick Douglass

Last week I mentioned that Hulu offers a good assortment of videos and video widgets that appeal to history teachers. In last week's post I highlighted the NBC News Time Capsule. Today, I want to share the A&E Biography Widget. The video that drew me to this widget was the A&E Biography for Kids episode about Frederick Douglass. (Choose the "most popular" option from the widget drop-down menu to see the Frederick Douglass video).

Applications for Education
In my school district the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is taught in both history and literature classes. The A&E Biography of Frederick Douglass could be used as an introductory material or as recap material.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
NBC News Time Capsule
11 Video Clips on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
30+ Alternatives to YouTube

Thursday, January 28, 2010

JD Salinger Resources

J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, passed away today at the age of 91. The AP released a short video about his life. The BBC also has a good piece about his life and work. If you're looking for more detailed resources for teaching about Salinger, Shmoop has a student accessible biography.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Shmoop Grows Again

Shmoop is a service that I've written about numerous times since its launch because I think it's a great service. More importantly, my students think it's a great service. Shmoop provides free online study guides for history, civics, and a variety of literature genres. For the student who is studying on the go, they can access the guides on their laptops, their iPhones, or their Kindles.

This week Shmoop added thirty-four more study guides. These new additions include 21 novels, 11 biographies, and two topics in US History study guides. As a teacher of US History I'm particularly enthused about the new US History study guides which are about the 1950's and Native American History.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Documents and Videos for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday most schools in the US will closed in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The following are some document and video resources for teaching lessons about Martin Luther King, Jr.

The National Archives has published lesson plans based around this portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. The National Archives also has lesson plans based around this document signed by President Johnson designating April 7, 1968 as a national day of mourning for Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Biography Channel has a sizable collection of videos about Martin Luther King, Jr. Their collection includes a video of Dr. King delivering his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Today's episode of CNN Student News includes a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his influence on American society. I have embedded the video below. If you need a quick tool to check for understanding of the video, visit the CNN Student News quiz.