Hello everyone! I am excited to share with you a new Web 2.0 tool that I cam acroos, Storybird. This is a great tool for anyone grades k-12. I am excited to share with you a 2nd grade poetry sample that I created!
When we are teaching word choice, specifically adjectives, we often lose the attention of our students. By using Storybird, I believe that you will not only have their attention, but you will also have engaged students.
Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards
1.4.1.E Choose words and phrases for effect.
1.4.2. F Demonstrate a grade-appropriate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usuage, capitlaization, punctuation, and spelling
- 1.4.2. K Use a variety of words and phrases to appeal to the audience.
- 1.4.2 M Write a narrative to develop real or imagined experiences or event.
- 1.4.2. T With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
- 1.4.2. U With guidance and support, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing including in collaboration with peers.
Explain to students that today you are going to create a poem. The catch is that you can only use “juicy words” to describe something. We are all going to go to our Storybird page and complete the assignment that I have created for you. It will be located in the Poetry section. First, you will choose a picture that sparks your excitement. Then, you will choose at least 5 words from the word list that I have provided to describe your picture.
Now I will show students my Example.
Then, I will show them the assignment. I will model for them how I can move the words and choose words that I can explain. If I choose a word, I will need to be able to tell how I think it describes the picture.
After you publish it, you will get to look in our class library to see your classmates poem. In the comment section you can ask they why they chose a certain word, what the word means, etc. You can agree with a word, or give a suggestion of another word that they could have used.
Finally, you will be able to go back to your poem and add more words, and/or change words that may not have made sense.
Teachers will be able to see each student’s rough draft and final draft to determine if students can accurately describe a picture.
Teachers will be able to read the comments, suggestions, and feedback that students are providing. This will be a great way to determine who can give construct feedback, who can’t, what types of words were tough for students, etc.
After this lesson, students will be asked to include adjectives in a picture book to improve word choice.