Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer Readwritethink Trading Cards

Activities & Projects

Tips & How-To's

Podcast Episodes

 

Activities & Projects

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Create Trading Cards for Favorite Characters

Use the online Trading Card Creator tool to have children make cards describing their favorite characters from the books on their reading list.

 

Grades   2 – 8  |  Activity & Project

Summer Trading Cards

Children can dive deeper into summer reading by using the interactive Trading Card Creator tool. They'll examine a favorite character and write a new story for him or her.

 

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Tips & How-To's

Grades   K – 12  |  Tip & How-To

How to Encourage Higher Order Thinking

Practicing Higher Order Thinking (HOT) skills outside of school will give kids the tools that they need to understand, infer, connect, categorize, synthesize, evaluate, and apply the information they know to find solutions to new and existing problems.

 

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Podcast Episodes

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Greek Mythology for Kids

Check out three fantastic books about the ancient Greeks gods in thoroughly modern situations.

 

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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE 

The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept.

These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject.

The save capability gives students a way to work on a draft of their card and come back to it to rework and revise as necessary, and to save their finished product to share with friends and family. Images can be uploaded into the card to give the finished product a complete and polished look.

Cards can be bundled into a single, small collection (8 card maximum) so that students have a way of sort and grouping similar topics in one file. As an example, we have provided a collection of cards about Shakespeare. Feel free to download the .rwt file (right click the link and pick Save As) and upload it into the Trading Card interactive to see how collections can be used in your classroom!

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Plotting a Plan to Improve Writing: Using Plot Scaffolds

Students really get into character in this lesson as they act out the parts of a script and analyze character motivations and dialogue.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Create a Great Future: STEM Career Research Using Close Reading

What if students could see the relevance of their school curriculum to real-world, interesting, STEM-related careers? Let's help them create a great future!

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Examining History with Maya Angelou's Poetry

To understand the historical background that influenced Maya Angelou's poems, students research events to produce trading cards using the ReadWriteThink Trading Card App or Trading Card Student Interactive. Through the sharing of these trading cards, students understand the historical background as they analyze Angelou's poetry.

 

Grades   2 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Captioning the Civil Rights Movement: Reading the Images, Writing the Words

Teachers guide students to carefully view images from the Civil Rights Movement and write captions that accurately describe the images and/or their probable purposes.

 

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Trading Information about Minerals Through Trading Cards

Using the free Trading Cards Mobile App, students create trading cards to share properties of various minerals with their classmates and connect the use of minerals to their own lives.

 

Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings

Students are encouraged to understand a book that the teacher reads aloud to create a new ending for it using the writing process.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Trading Cards

Invigorate students' writing with an interactive tool that allows them to demonstrate their comprehension using a mobile app.

 

Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8

This resource shows how to use television, movies, video games, music, magazines, and other media to motivate students and enhance literacy learning.

 

Grades   1 – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

eVoc Strategies: 10 Ways to Use Technology to Build Vocabulary

Drawing on research-based principles of vocabulary instruction and multimedia learning, this article presents 10 eVoc strategies that use free digital tools and Internet resources to evoke students' engaged vocabulary learning.

 

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