Both of these tools will be useful in either English or Language class or the school library setting as well. The resources are also available for personal use at home. These resources are geared toward a lower level audience (elementary school).
This tool comes in handy when you want students to analyze a book’s character in a story that they have read. It can be used for both fiction and nonfiction books. Character Scrapbook not only engages students, but also enables students to gain a greater understanding of the characters in fiction and nonfiction books. Use Harry Potter example. Show the different lists that you can you to describe things about the character you created. Show that you can use animal choices as well. Pig from Charlotte’s Web. If students would rather draw their own character, they can print a blank version and do so.
Speakaboos help to engage students in reading and allow students to develop and improve literary skills through digital story books.
There are several free resources that are available on Speakaboos. Members get free access to everything, and you can try a free membership to determine if this would be a resource you would like to include in your classroom or for personal use. Point out that the stories are read by different celebrities. Use “Author’s Computer Disaster” as an example. Read “about this video.” Play the story and show how it is beneficial for the students to be able to read along as they listen to the story. One thing that I believe should be done differently is to have the words show up in highlight as the story is told.
Danielle Peregoy Character Scrapbook and Speakaboos
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