**Stargate Middle School Grade Project ideas and Rubrics



Differentiated Instruction - Choice Boards. Very cool!:




As we all know, students already get plenty of tests, so why not let your students show what they learned creatively? Whether your students are reading independent books or your class has just finished a unit on space or pioneers, a culminating project can really cement that learning. Here are 72 fun and creative ways for your students to show what they know:

  1. Create a poster
  2. Make a PowerPoint Presentation
  3. Design a model
  4. Make a shoebox diorama
  5. Use a three-panal display board
  6. Make a timeline
  7. Create a board game incorporating key elements.
  8. Write a poem
  9. Write and perform a skit
  10. Make a TV or radio commercial
  11. Make a collage
  12. Make a mobile
  13. Create a test about the topic
  14. Make a word search
  15. Make a crossword puzzle
  16. Write a report
  17. Create a flow chart or diagram
  18. Write an interview of a relevant person
  19. Ask and and answer key questions
  20. Write journal/diary entries
  21. Write a postcard or letter exchange
  22. Create a scrapbook
  23. Create a photo album
  24. Make an instructional video
  25. Give a presentation
  26. Create an interactive notebook
  27. Create a set of task cards
  28. Make a pamphlet or brochure
  29. Write a newspaper article
  30. Perform a puppet show
  31. Hold a debate
  32. Hold a mock court case
  33. Create an episode of a reality show
  34. Create a game show
  35. Have a panal discussion of “experts”
  36. Compose a rap or other song
  37. Use a Venn Diagram to compare two aspects of the topic
  38. Design a comic strip about the topic
  39. Create children’s story about the topic
  40. Create a map
  41. Write a fable or myth about the topic
  42. Create a help-wanted add and a letter/resume to answer it
  43. Write a text message dialogue relevant to the topic
  44. Write a series of Tweets relevant to the topic
  45. Create a Facebook wall relative to the topic
  46. Create a Pinterest board relative to the topic
  47. Start a blog
  48. Decorate a box and fill with relevant objects
  49. Create a foldable
  50. Create a flip book
  51. Create a Cootie Catcher
  52. Create a cereal based on the topic (cover a cereal box)
  53. Assemble a time capsule
  54. Create several bookmarks about different aspects of the topic
  55. Write a recipe relevant to the topic (good for showing causes of an event)
  56. Do a newscast
  57. Write an acrostic poem
  58. Create an internet scavenger hunt
  59. Write an advice column with several problems related to the topic.
  60. Create flash cards or trivia cards
  61. Create a cheer relevant to the topic
  62. Make a short documentary film
  63. Create a museum exihibet
  64. Create a Top-Ten list relevant to the topic
  65. Create a video game
  66. Make a “Choose Your Own Adventure”
  67. Create a mini book with one fact/idea per page
  68. Create a glossary of relevant terms
  69. Make a paper chain with a different fact for each link
  70. Make a flower with a different fact for each petal
  71. Write a handbook or instruction book
  72. Create a newsletter
  73. I fake text

Comic strips on-line












The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations

Below I have listing and links to many of those free and open source programs.

Open Office – the leading open-sourceoffice software suite for word processing,spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on allcommon computers. It stores all your data in aninternational open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completelyfree of charge for any purpose.

Jelly Cam is a perfect website to make stop animation videos.

-With all of these videos, I am going to have my students not only blog next year, but also create videos to upload to their blog.  We have Google Accounts, so all students have a YouTube account as well.

Screen Chomp is a great app for creating videos using your iPad.

Lotus Symphony – Lotus® Symphony™ is a richly-featured set of productivity tools that are intuitive and easy to use and provided at no charge. There are three applications that make up Lotus Symphony: Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets, Lotus Symphony Presentations.
Lotus Symphony puts you in charge – take control over spiraling upgrade
costs, ensure access to documents well into the future with new
standard file formats (ODF), get more from your current investments with
support for Microsoft Windows and Office file types.

Google Docs – Could be the wave of the future and can be integrated with Office. There is even special programs available for schools.
Collaborative projects really make for an excellent education
experience not only because students bounce ideas off each other and
improve each other’s writing skils, but also because the process itself
teaches them how to work well with others – a valuable skill for
everyone. There is of course a word processor, spreadsheet, presenter, and most recently a draw program.

GIMP – While Photoshop is awesome you can get a program much like it for free. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.
It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching,
image composition and image authoring It has many capabilities.
It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo
retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production
image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and
extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything.
The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest
task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily
scripted. I have a page on this website that includes lessons and tutorials for Gimp.

Scribus – A desktop publishing program for free?
Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning
professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp
4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready”
output and new approaches to page layout.
Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports
professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot
Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

Scratch – Computer programming mixed with multimedia and game making ability! Not only that it can be understood at all levels of education for elementary to high school.
Use it in the school and students will be downloading it at
home!Students will enjoy this programming language as they make their
own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. They can even share their creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important
mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think
creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Check out the interactive e Scratch Boards. I have a page on this web site that is useful for exploring scratc h and provides lessons and ideas.

SketchUp – CAD that’s easy and CAD that’s fun from our friends at Google. Most students get rolling with SketchUp in just a few minutes.
The site has dozens of video tutorials, an extensive Help Center and a
worldwide user community mean that anyone who wants to make 3D models
with SketchUp, can. This is another program that students will download at home! I have supplied information in this wiki that will help you get started with SketchUp in the classroom.

West Point Bridge Design – Not as well known but a program that students will enjoy as they learn about physics, math, engineering, and CAD. Let them know where to find it and they will be working at home. I have provided on this site a complete unit on bridge studies which incorporates West Point. Could be used from upper elementary to high school in varying degrees! A must have program for those considering serious STEM education. There are several version and I suggest WPBD 4 Vs 4.1.1 for ease of use, training, and materials I supply on this site.

ESRI GIS Software – The leading company in GIS offers schools a free AEJEE (mac/win) ArcGIS Explorer (win) Program and also allows schools a chance to earn a free site license for ArcGIS by doing a simple PBL project. Great for studies in social studies and math. I have supplied a site in this Wiki that gives all the information plus inexpensive books that will help you build an entire curriculum integration tied to national standards. It is applicable from elementary to high school.

ITSI ProbeWare and Models
– This comprehensive information technologies (IT) project for middle
and high school teachers prepares diverse students for careers in IT by
engaging them in exciting, inquiry-based science projects that use
computational models and real-time data acquisition.
The project provides over 126 hours of lab-based, credit-bearing
activities for 90 teachers and full support for classroom
implementation. Much more then free Java application it is a complete curriculum including classroom activity management. I have a page dedicated on the Wiki that will give more information.

Audacity – If you are working with sound, music, and recordings in the classroom then this is a must program. Audacity® is free cross platform, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. A great program for creation of Podcasts in the classroom.

GarageBand – Probably the most envied program of Windows users. Not much to explain other then creating great music.
The MAC people already get it, us Windows users have no need to since
the closest program I know is available costs a few bucks.

Voki – avatars record or text to speech

Blabberize – record

Oddcast – avatars text to speech

Photo Film Strip – Video clips created from photos in 3 steps. Select images to determine motion, and produce video. There are output formats for VCD , SVCD , DVD and FULL –HD available. The slideshow effect is known as the |Photo Film Strip]] Photo Film Strip video clips created from photos in 3 steps. Select images to determine motion, and produce video. There are output formats for DVD and -HD available. The slideshow effect is known as the “Ken Burns” effect. Comments on pictures are generated in a subtitle file. Furthermore, in the slideshow background music can be used. Unlike other programs, offers the possibility Photo Film Strip, the slideshow in full-HD (1920 x 1080) resolution to produce. This page may require you to translate from German to English which is easy with a button at the top.

Photostory3 – Possibly the best free program from Microsoft. Great for digital story telling. Easy to learn and a great in-service for teachers. Outstanding effects.
It only allows for still pictures and has one audio frame although it
is possible to have voice and music using the narration tool in
PhotoStory3. Runs on Windows XP and 7. May have to use emulation mode on 7 and I have been told emulation mode will sometimes work on NT.

iMovie – Awesome program and does some of those awesome av features that MAC does best. Great for movies and digital stories. Usually already a part of the MAC operating system.

Movie Maker – Windows answer to iMovie. Great for Windows users although their are some audio limitations as far as number of tracks. Seems that Windows enjoys hiding it in the accessories area. There are Windows Movie Maker Live for Windows 7, Windows Movie Maker 2.6 for Vista and possibly Windows 7, and Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for XP. The main link on this site links to a Wikipedia article that attempts to explain differences.

Cmap – Concept maps are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge.
They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some
type, and relationships between concepts indicated by a connecting line
linking two concepts. Words on the line, referred to as linking words or linking phrases, specify the relationship between the two concepts.|Cmap]] – The most known program in the world of cash is Inspiration, and it is hard to beat! Cmap is one of the better options for making a concept map. For those unfamiliar, >Concept maps are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge.
They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some
type, and relationships between concepts indicated by a connecting line
linking two concepts. Words on the line, referred to as linking words or linking phrases, specify the relationship between the two concepts. You need to use the Concept Map on the website provided to download and learn about Cmap.

I think having World Language Learners create short online animations is a great benefit the Web provides. Students can work individually or in a group very methodically by making well-thought-out storyboards and then implement them, or they can make “quick and dirty” ones right on the spot.

Their creations can then be posted for all to see and comment on, both online and in-person.

Because they can be so useful to English Language Learners, and to other students, I’ve decided to create another “The Best…” list — this time highlighting the sites that I think are most accessible to English Language Learners (and are free).

You can also find links to these sites, and to other animation sites that didn’t make this list, on my Examples of Student Work page.

All of these sites are very good (or else they wouldn’t be on my list!). However, there is one that stands-out among the rest. So even though I’m not ranking them all like I usually do, I will be highlighting one as the best.

Here are my picks for The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations:

I’ll start off with the site I think by far is the best (and which has appeared in other “The Best…” lists) — Dvolver Moviemaker. It’s so easy, no registration is required, and it can be done quickly. Very new Beginning English Language Learners have been able to use it very effectively. You can see many examples of their work here. The company also has a more advanced application called Digital Films. You can create a more complex animation, but it is far more complicated to use — so I stick with the first version.

Myths and Legends is a United Kingdom site where students can create animations of……myths and legends. It’s pretty neat and easy, and has the added great benefit of letting students record the narration for their story. Teachers have to register, and they’re very open to schools participating from around the world.

The Zimmer Twins are another popular animation site among ESL/EFL teachers. You have to register for it, but doing so is quick and easy. One nice feature it has is that you can make a movie from “scratch” or it gives you pre-made scenes and plots (I guess its the animation equivalent of sentence-starters or sentence frames).

Kerpoof is a great site where you can make an animation and a lot more. You have to register here, too, but the process is also easy. Up until recently you weren’t able to get the url address of what you’ve created, but they’ve now developed that option.

Fuzzwich is a new site that is in the process of developing a full-blown animation process. Right now, though, you can easily create a “mini-animation” called Minivids. One advantage they offer is that, in addition to providing their url addresses, you can embed your Minivid in a blog or website.

DoInk is slightly more complicated than some of the other animation tools I’ve listed here, but English Language Learners should be able to make simple animations pretty easily.  I especially like what sounds like a strict and pro-active policy at ensure classroom appropriate content on the site.


I certainly wouldn’t place any bets on YouTube getting through most school district content filters anytime soon, if ever. But they’ve just announced a great new ability to make videos and animations on the YouTube site itself using GoAnimate, Stupeflix, or Xtranormal and then posting it there. The YouTube feature is called YouTube/create. I can see myself using it sometimes to illustrate a concept for a lesson, or pointing out the idiocy of the latest school reform fad. I suspect that it’s a super-cool tool that, outside of the two ideas I mentioned and potential use in adult ESL classes, won’t have much K-12 impact. But, because it’s so cool, I’m still adding it here.

Go Animate is a really neat site to create animations.   Another is the creation of a site called “Domo Animate.” Content on this version is constantly reviewed, it has an automatic filtering feature, and people can’t upload their own images. For me, at least, I think going the Domo Animate route is the easiest way to go.

Disapainted may be just about the easiest tools out there to make simple “stickman” animations. Registration takes less than twenty seconds, and you are given a link to your creation.

Make It Share It lets you make simple animations. And it provides an embed code for your creation!



Pivot Stickfigure Animator – Download


The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online

June 4, 2008 by Larry Ferlazzo | 10 Comments


I decided to create another quick “The Best…” list today rating sites that allow you to create online comic strips.

These can be excellent opportunities for English Language Learners to be able to focus more time on developing language, writing, and storytelling skills instead of having to focus on creating drawings. Of course, I’m not denigrating the role of art in the classroom. It’s just that there are a number of online sites that make that part easier, and might make both writing and reading a little more engaging and attractive.

I’m differentiating “comic strips” from cartoons. There are many sites that let you add speech balloons to single images off the Web. You can find links to several of them on some of my The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly lists.

The sites here let you tell a story in several frames.

My criteria for including a site on this list include it being free, accessible to English Language Learners, and appearing to have some monitoring of its site to help monitor content so it appears to be appropriate for classroom use. In addition, the user’s creation is hosted on the site indefinitely.

I wasn’t really able to rate them in order of preference because many of them are so similar, though I do highlight a few. They can primarily be divided into two categories:

1) Ones that require no registration; are extremely simple to use; and don’t create a potential problem with inappropriate content since you pretty much don’t have access to other comic strips created on the site. The downside to this sites are they only allow you to link to the comic strip, not embed it. In other words, you can’t actually place the comic strip itself on a blog or website — just a link to the strip. In addition, most of the sites in this category generally don’t offer the same level of creativity that the next group does — most here have a smaller number of pre-set templates for the strips.

2) Ones that require registration, are more complicated (though they’re all certainly accessible to even Beginning English Language Learners with a few minutes of instruction) and have many more options for creativity. These also allow you to embed your creations in a blog or website. The potential downside (and upside — there are plenty of examples to use as models) to these sites is that there is easy access to strips created by others. The sites I’ve listed in this category seem to monitor for appropriate content, but there is always the possibility, however slim, that something might slip in. Of course, after you embed student creations on a blog or website, that dramatically reduces the possibility of their accessing other non-student creations, anyway. The risk is when they’re at the site creating them. There’s a risk in everything we do, of course, and I’ve had my students access these sites without any problem at all.

Here are picks for Category 1:

I’d say my favorites in this category are Make Beliefs Comix and Bubblr!.

Make Beliefs is a fairly well-known site that has a variety of characters that can be used in pre-made templates. It’s already popular in schools — both in mainstream and ESL/EFL classes.

Bubblr! comes from the extraordinarily creative people at Pim Pam Pum, who have developed a number of sites that work well with English Language Learners. Bubblr! lets you search for images from Flickr and create a comic strip slideshow with speech bubbles. They seem to have some sort of “safe search” control in place because in the four years I’ve used their various web applications none of my students have ever found an inappropriate image.

(Editor’s Note: Jay Bennett wrote in the comments section that he was able to pretty quickly discover an inappropriate image using Bubblr!, so perhaps the site isn’t as “classroom-safe” as I have thought.)

The other two sites in Category 1 are KiddoNet and Scholastic’s Captain Underpants.

I’m adding Make Your Own Sam and Max Comic Strip to this category, too.  You can quickly, and without registration, make a short strip starring these famous, and weird, dog and rabbit partners.  You’re given a url address for your creation that you an post on a student or teacher website/blog.

Write Comics is a super-simple tool to create comic strips without requiring any registration. You can learn more about it, and see samples and a video, at Ana Maria Menezes’ blog.

Chogger lets you easily create a comic, with no registration required. What’s particularly nice about it is that you have a choice of drawing it or searching the Web for images you can insert.

And now for my choices in Category 2:

I have four sites in this batch, and I have to say — in my eyes at least — it’s difficult to distinguish between them. The four are:

Pixton, a newer site that, if you make a series of comic strips, lets you put them into a virtual “book.” It also seems to have a very overt and pro-active (at least it says it does) policy on ensuring that only appropriate content remains on the site.

Comiqs, which lets you make comic strip slideshows with photographic images — very similar to Bubblr!. Their content seems classroom appropriate, but it’s not clear to me what their policy is.

Toonlet, where, like Pixton, you “draw” your comics. Like with Comiqs, their content seems appropriate, but I’m unclear on their specific policy (Thanks to Damianne President, I’ve learned that it’s now clear they don’t have a strong policy, and inappropriate language is not uncommon on the site. I would no longer recommend it).

The final one on my list is ToonDoo. When you go to their site, at the top you see something that says “Safe Search On.” All you have to do is click on that to gain access to mature content, apparently, but I’ve done that and haven’t actually found anything inappropriate.

Comicbrush is the latest addition to this list.  It seems pretty accessible to English Language Learners.  There’s a gallery of created comic strips, but I couldn’t find anything objectionable with a quick look.  The site says it has pretty strict policy on inappropriate work, but I don’t know what amount of energy they put into enforcing it.

Story Top is the newest addition to this list. It has a very simple “drag-and-drop” menu (including text boxes) for a multi-frame strip, and you can post the url on your website or blog (or use Embedit.in , a free web tool that makes pretty much any url address embeddable).  You have to register for the site, but it takes seconds and doesn’t require an email address.

Creaza has a number of student tools, including ones mindmapping, moviemaking and audio recording. I’ve posted about them in the past, and wrote that I thought their apps were just a bit too complicated to be included on any of my “The Best…” lists. I took another look this past week and, though I still feel that way for most of their tools, the one for making cartoons appears to have been simplified.

At the “Dilbert” site, you can register and add your own dialogue to any Dilbert strip. It gives you three choices — create dialogue for the last box, all the boxes, or do it for one of the boxes and send the others to friends to contribute. You can then embed or link to the final product.

Other Helpful Technology

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — So Far

August 28, 2012 by Larry Ferlazzo | 2 Comments


I usually just do a year-end list on The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly and many other topics, but it gets a little crazy having to review all of my zillion posts at once. So, to make it easier for me — and perhaps, to make it a little more useful to readers — I’m going to start publishing mid-year lists, too. These won’t be ranked, unlike my year-end “The Best…” lists, and just because a site appears on a mid-year list doesn’t guarantee it will be included in an end-of-the-year one. But, at least, I won’t have to review all my year’s posts in December…

This list brings together what I think are this year’s best ways to create online content easily and quickly. These web tools are excellent ways for English Language Learners, and others who might not be very tech-savvy, to have a good experience working with technology.

In order to make it on this list, web tools must be:

* accessible to English Language Learners.

* available at no-cost.

* able to be used to easily create engaging online content within minutes.

* willing to host user-created work indefinitely on the website itself.

* appropriate for classroom use.

* accessible without requiring registration.

A very small number of the applications that have made it on this list are viral marketing tools. You can read this article about how I use these in the classroom.

Here are my choices for The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — So Far (Not in any order of preference):

CREATE YOUR OWN STAR: At Light Up The Sky, you can create your own virtual star with its own message in the sky, and share the link to your creation.

WRITE A HAIKU: At Haiku For Humbugs, you can write a haiku that gets sent anonymously to someone who needs “cheering-up.” Plus, your haiku can get hung in the “gallery” so anyone can view it.

WRITE A FAKE SIRI CONVERSATIONI Fake Siri lets you create a fake conversation — in text — with the new iPhone voice feature Siri. You can then link to, or embed, your creation. It’s just another fun opportunity for ELL’s to practice writing, reading, and speaking.

DEVELOP A COLLABORATIVE DOCUMENTQikPad lets you write collaboratively with anyone you want, and you can then link to, or embed, whatever you come up with….

Make Some Music: If you’ve ever tried Incredibox, you know why I call it the easiest and most fun tool to create music on the Web. If you haven’t tried it yet, do it now! They announced major improvements recently, including letting you save your compositions. You can now give them a title and post a link on your blog or website, or share in other ways.

Send A Native-American Audio PostcardOur Mother Tongues is a very impressive site that’s designed to support and preserve Native American languages. It’s very engaging, and includes a “language map,” videos and more. One of its very neat features is that it allows you choose a virtual audio postcard with a Native American greeting that you can send to someone. You can also write a personalized message on it. You’re given a unique url address, and it can be posted on a student/teacher website or blog.

“Artisify” A Video: Grab the url address of any YouTube video, paste it into the Artistifier, type in your name and title, and the site will “artistify” the video in the manner of the Oscar-winning silent movie “The Artist.” As the video plays — with no sound other than the music provided by The Artistifier — you can type in captions at appropriate times. Once you’re done, click save and the captions will show up during the movie in the manner of an old silent movie. For English language learners, it’s similar to Bombay TV (and its “sister channels”), which lets you choose a scene from a B movie from Bollywood and have fun creating subtitles for the clip. With the Artistifier, though, you can choose any YouTube you want.

Take A PollKwiqpoll lets you easily create a poll — and no registration is required. You’re give the poll’s url address, but it’s not embeddable. It has no frills, but it’s easy as pie.

Create A Musical PlaylistChoruzz lets you — without needing to register — search for music videos and create a playlist of them. You’re then given a unique url address for your list that you can share. It’s very easy to use, and it meets my “Raffi” test — in other words, plenty of songs are accessible that you can use with English Language Learners.

Make Your Own Unique (& Fake) CNN, NY Times, Etc. Website: With News Jack, all you have to do is paste the url address of any website and you’re immediately given the tools to easily transform its homepage into looking however you want it to look. Without having to register, you can make the New York Times highlight photos and articles of your great basketball-playing ability; have CNN focus on covering what was happening in 1776, or The Huffington Post reporting on the first Thanksgiving dinner. You can easily grab images off the web or your computer to insert, as well as text. You can then click “publish” and you’re given the url address to your creation so it can be shared with the world.

Get Your Message Spelled-Out By Galaxies:  “My Galaxies” lets you spell out anything you want, using real galaxies that are shaped like characters. You can read more about it at the site and/or at this MSNBC story. The site does what I describe — you write a message and then it uses images of galaxies that look like the alphabet to spell it out. You can then send the link or post it.

Record a Thirty Second Message: Croak.it lets you easily record a thirty second message with a computer microphone. You then get a unique url address that you can share. No registration is necessary.

Make A Face: Fantastic Fun Face lets you search for an image, adds lots of crazy effects to it, and then save and share it. English Language Learners could create a face and then describe it in writing and orally as a language development activity.

Make A Website:Check This is the latest in a long line of tools that let you create webpages quickly, without registering, and that let you also paste images into them.

Collaborate With A Famous Dead Author: Try out Google Docs new demo that lets you write collaboratively with your favorite dead famous writers. Then you get to save and share your creation. As Next Web explains:

A “famous writer” will start typing and then it’s your turn. Once you’ve typed in the next line, the writer takes over

Write A Six Word “Stump Speech”: The National Constitution Center lets you compose your own six word political “stump speech” and post it.

Create A Piece Of Art: Though I’m not convinced the world needs another online drawing tool, doSketch is an easy one where you can draw and save your creation with no registration needed.


Technology for projects

http://penzu.com/ – on-line diary







Digital Storytelling


Here are a couple of creative, but simple video techniques that perhaps students could pull off for a project.

Hu hu hu- Natalia Lafourcade con Julieta Venegas

Rayuela cap. 7 (fragmento)


make a talking photo…think back to when Conan used to have “Pres. Bush” as his guestproject-ideas-and-rubric2

make 3D pop-up books, using clip art & sound (!) or upload your own pics and sound

re: Xtranormal, it does have Spanish and should not cost anything to do your basic stuff.

And if you really want to kick it up a notch by making the output spontaneous, give this one a try:http://pechaflickr.cogdogblog.com/

Mini-book directions and template

Mini-book assembly instructions


Student Mini book

Your Story Template

your story template

Your Story Map

Your Story Map


Example story template

Example Story Map

Hints to creating an original story.

  • Do not use an online translator.
  • Work around the story with words that can take the place of ones you don’t know

Ex.:  “goes” can be “walks” or ” runs”  instead.

  • Use the above template  or map to plan ahead.
  • Use the free vocabulary in the story section of your spiral.
  • Avoid English and creating in English then changing to Spanish.  Create in Spanish right from the beginning.
  • Use your imagination.  Don’t limit yourself to situations, because of your limited vocabulary.  Remember you can get around it with other words.
  • Use real people, places, etc.
  • Exaggerate:  Abraham Lincoln come 10 mil tacos instead of El chico come un taco.







































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