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Using Wixie to meet Common Core Goals in 7th Grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 14, 2015 10:10:17 AM

Wixie provides students with tools to combine original artwork, images, text, and voice narration to create a range of products like how-to instructions, digital stories, ebooks, comics, and more.

Here are a few ideas for using Wixie to meet Common Core State Standards for Grade 7.

Visual Poetry 

Older students need more sophisticated projects, but they are less willing to take risks. You can build their skills decoding subtleties and grasping the meaning of new words by having them create visual poems.

The point here is the process, so it might not be best to pull out a dusty sonnet. Find modern poetry that speaks to student’s lives, or have them create a video that interprets the lyrics of a popular (and appropriate) contemporary song. You could also start with a poem like “Sympathy” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar and show how the symbolism is used by Maya Angelou in her poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and Alicia Keyes in her song “Caged Bird.”

To implement with students, have them read, reread, and explore the words in each line of the poem, discussing meaning and author’s intent. Have students use Wixie to create images that illustrate the author’s word choice or search for images in the Pics4Learning folder of photos in the library.

Students should record themselves reading the poem, add text and titles to represent the entire poem or caption the images with keywords, add music consistent with the emotions the poem evokes, and create a video poem for others to enjoy.

 

 

When students complete a Visual Poetry lesson like this, they analyze word choice and explore meaning and vocabulary as they attempt to convey the meaning of words with images and music. 

This style of project helps students meet 7th grade CCSS like:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.4
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.5
    Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points..

Public Service Announcements

Middle schools students are idealistic and often passionate about issues that affect them. Tap in to this passion by asking students to create public service announcements for issues they care about. Many important issues today, like climate change and health, can aslo help you connect to content in science and social studies.

A public service announcement, or PSA, is a type of advertising designed to inform viewers about an issue and get them act or to change their behavior. When students complete a PSA lesson like this, they have an authentic context in which to practice expository and argument writing.  A short PSA targeted at a particular audience encourages students to focus on writing organization, as well as voice and word choice.

 

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This style of project helps students meet 7th grade CCSS like:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1
    Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2
    Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2.A
      Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2.B
      Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

Design Projects

Any Wixie project that involves design, can be used to engage students in measurment and geometric math practice. Start with a Grid template, apply scale, and begin working with size and ration!

In a lesson like Dream Room Design, students work with measurement and geometric skills to design a dream bedroom. This fun context provides them with a chance to apply these skills in a fun and meaningful way.

 

dreamroom

 

This style of project helps students meet 7th grade CCSS like:

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.G.A.1
    Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.RP.A.2
    Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.

Wixie is blank-screen software you can apply in many subjects and contents. If students are organizing notes about a topic, exploring vocabulary, creating how-to instructions, or reporting data and evidence, they can use Wixie as the digital notebook where they make their thinking visible.

 

Topics: common core, comprehension,

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