X: A Fabulous Child’s Story – Literacy Skills Review

Whether you've arrived here as part of the larger Gender Representation Unit, or while searching for a strong short story to use with your students, X: A Fabulous Child's Story by Lois Gould is perfect for your classroom.  A copy of the story can be purchased online or downloaded from The Gender Centre (currently the fourth link from the top at the time … Continue reading X: A Fabulous Child’s Story – Literacy Skills Review

Alligator River: Point Evidence Explanation Paragraphs

Point Evidence Explanation paragraphs have all three requirements for supporting an opinion.  The point is what the writer believes, the evidence is what the writer is using to prove their belief is true, and the explanation is an explanation of how the evidence supports the point. I use the following activity as a diagnostic to assess Reading and Writing knowledge.  It … Continue reading Alligator River: Point Evidence Explanation Paragraphs

Digital Tools – Further Reading

CommonSense.education https://www.commonsense.org/education/ The various drop-down menus offer a wealth of Digital Literacy knowledge.  Under “Teaching Strategies” you can find helpful tips for bringing coding, multimedia digital storytelling, and more to your classroom.  It also has a section on how to deal with digital distractions in our modern classrooms. Uses: This website offers a plethora of … Continue reading Digital Tools – Further Reading

More Digitial Tools for Classrooms

Limiting digital tools to a top ten list leaves many great tools overlooked.  There are always more useful tools that have a place in the classroom.  Add your favourites to the comment section below. Inklewriter https://writer.inklestudios.com/ Learn More: Mr. Barltrop's Tutorial Inklewriter is the most straightforward Choose Your Own Adventure writer that currently exists.  From the moment … Continue reading More Digitial Tools for Classrooms

Top Ten Digital Tools for Classrooms (2018)

Pixton https://www.pixton.com/on Learn More: Mr. Barltrop’s Tutorial Pixton is a graphic novel creation tool that allows students to choose from a library of characters, backgrounds, props, expressions, and poses. Students can create endless permutations on the characters, allowing them to express themselves as they see fit. Uses: By exploring the wide variety of lesson plans in … Continue reading Top Ten Digital Tools for Classrooms (2018)