Rewind: May - National Council of Teachers of English
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rewindSince another month has come to an end, I thought I would take a look at what resources folks used the most on in May.

Timelines were hot this month! A huge percentage of users used the online tool or the mobile app. The Timeline tool allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line, organized by time of day, date, or event and labeled with short or long descriptive text.

This summer, invite children into creating family timelines. Children can interview family members and make an illustrated timeline of the most important family events and memories.

Folks used the Printing Press in the last month as well. The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

During the break from school, have children and teens continue writing. We know that children enjoy sharing their thoughts, ideas and opinions in talking with others. Encourage them to write these down and more to share in a neighborhood newspaper!

It’s no surprise that the Cube Creator was popular last month – it’s so versatile! The interactive Cube Creator offers four options:

  • Bio Cube: This option allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read; it can also be used before students write their own autobiography.
  • Mystery Cube: Use this option to help your students sort out the clues in their favorite mysteries or develop outlines for their own stories.
  • Story Cube: In this cube option, students can summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme.
  • Create-Your-Own Cube: This version allows teachers and students to generate their own questions or topics. The saved file can then be shared with students to enter in their responses.

Using the Story Cube, invite children to invent a story starring superheroes who have summer super powers.

Another highly visited tool was the Letter Generator. The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

The summer is a great time to write letters to friends and familyInvite young adults to write letters to classmates, postcards from travels, and e-mails to family and friends.

Folks found the Resume Generator in May. This tool guides teens through the creation of a resume that can be saved and edited. Written and audio tips provide extra support.

It would great for students to use as they apply for summer jobs! This activity will help teens create a professional resume that effectively presents their skills and talents to future employers.

How did you use in May? What are your plans for June?