9th – 12th grade teachers:
Even at the ninth through twelfth grade levels, teachers will find many ways to incorporate Easel-ly into their classroom instruction. A specific vheme (predesigned theme) may help to clarify the meaning behind a particularly difficult text. Meanwhile, these vhemes can also be used by students to bring dull presentations to life. Let’s briefly look at the standards for grades 9 – 12:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Reading presidential speeches and other primary sources is a vital part of the high school reading curriculum. Let’s take a look at how teachers can use Easel-ly’s resources to create an extended response question for students that explores Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.
Once students have read and discussed the speech with their classmates and teacher, a formative assessment (as shown above) can be completed by students to assess their ability to cite and analyze textual evidence from the speech. In doing so, students can choose two direct quotations to cite and explain in their Easel.ly vheme. This directly correlates with CCSS ELA-RI.11-12.1.
Other extension ideas related to this picture book:
Create a vheme on Easel.ly to compare and contrast Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address to his second. Another possibility is to have students choose another president, research their inaugural address, and then compare and contrast this selection to Lincoln’s second inaugural address. Regardless of the choice, Easel.ly makes displaying the information easy and in creative form!
Now, that we have looked at some activities which incorporate and assess CCSS ELA Reading Information Standard 1, it’s time to get started using Easel.ly to make your own handouts, projects, and resources. There are virtually limitless possibilities at www.easely.ly. Join us next week for more examples of how Easel.ly is correlating with the CCSS ELA Standards to enrich classroom instruction.