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BoomWriter

by / Sunday, 21 June 2015 / Published in Digital Literacy

BoomWriter lets you easily incorporate and experience the benefits of technology as your students are collaboratively engaged in the following (or similar) standards-based learning activities:

Grade 3

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Using BoomWriter’s feature allowing teachers to create their own story start, students collaboratively create imagined multi-paragraph personal narratives using a teacher generated prompt (e.g. “When I woke up on Saturday morning, I had no idea I was in for the craziest day of my entire life…”).

Grade 5

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 – Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Utilizing a well-crafted first chapter from BoomWriter’s collection of story starts, the teacher can prepare students for their writing exercise by identifying and discussing with the class the piece’s fictional elements (setting, characters, methods of characterization, plot, point of view, theme, symbolism). As the piece develops the teacher can then revisit these elements using the content generated by the students.

Grade 6

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Teacher creates two separate groups within the class and assigns opposing positions on a controversial topic. Each group then has the charge to collaboratively construct their piece supporting the claim with reasons and relevant evidence.

Grade 7

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.

Students demonstrate narrative skills while conducting unit of study summary of Ancient Rome. Teacher uses BoomWriter’s Guidance Notes feature to convey each individual chapter’s area of focus (Geographic Influence, Government, Culture, Expansion, Slavery, Christianity’s role, Fall of, etc.).

In Bloom’s Taxonomy of cognition, the highest levels of thinking and learning are “Creating” and “Evaluating.” BoomWriter guides students to do both… and have fun in the process!

The educational benefits of BoomWriter are seemingly endless.

BoomWriter can serve as an incredibly helpful tool for any balanced literacy program, and teachers already using the program instantly recognize the levels of investment and engagement demonstrated by their students.

Teachers also have the option of providing instruction for students in the form of “Guiding Notes” prior to the creation of each new chapter.

BoomWriter is standards-based and can be used for “in action” practice of specific genres (from Science Fiction to Drama), and even for test preparation: collaboratively creating a top-scoring essay.

BoomWriter is now in close to 20,000 classrooms spread throughout more than 60 different countries!

BoomWriter caters to a broad range of learners in terms of age, background, socioeconomic status, learning style and ability, and addresses an equally broad range of skills.

No matter what grade level you teach and regardless of whether you are a classroom teacher with 30 students, a challenge coach with 100 students, or a special education teacher with 10 students, most teachers can easily identify a way for BoomWriter to be a highly beneficial part of their curriculum.

Some teachers use BoomWriter for in-school project-based learning, while others assign it as homework or for extra credit.

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