Sunday, October 9, 2011

Reading, Writing and ebooks

This week ’ s clicks are all about Reading, Writing, and ebooks. I hope you are able to find something in here you can use in your classrooms.

1. Storybird is a site where students can read books written or write their own stories. This link takes you to a tour of Storybird that only takes a few minutes and tells you everything you need to know to get started. It was brought to my attention by a student last year so you know it has to be good if she took the time to tell an adult.

2. Children ’ s Books Forever is where you can find ebooks for your students to read.

3. Lulu is a site where you can create and publish your own books. They can be ebooks, poetry, cookbooks, calendars etc. If you are wanting to read the ebooks I believe there maybe a charge. You could create your own ebook and then set up a price and charge for it.

4. DigitalStorytelling. No newsletter about reading and writing would be complete without a link to some digital storytelling sites. Here is a link from Richard Byrne who has a great blog titled Free Technology For Teachers. He is a great source as I get great stuff from him quite frequently. The Digital Storytelling link is from a presentation he did at the Washington Library Media Association convention. It may be a little overwhelming. Just explore one link at a time.

5. Here is a link that has reading skills and lesson plans on teaching the skills. Great resource.

6. Bonus: The Tell Tale Heart – Here is a Halloween story by Edgar Allen Poe. It ’ s one of my favorites. You might want to preview it before showing it to students.

I hope you can find something you can use in this newsletter. If you do, please make a comment.

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