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Write About -

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Veronica - Write about supports the standard "CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.B Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters."

Write about makes it easy to incorporate more writing in the ELA classroom.  There are hundreds of writing prompts, including visual prompts, and student responses can be shared publicly or remain private.  Students can find a prompt that speaks to them rather than a teacher trying to create one for everyone in the class.  This site is easy to access outside of class, making additional writing practice easy.  The prompts address all types of writing including narrative, argumentative, and informational.
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ourdocuments.gov

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Our documents is a website that has an archive and transcripts of famous American documents.  It would support CCSS RI.9-10.9: Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance, including how they address related themes and concepts.  The website allows you to look at full transcripts of these documents as well as images of the originals, which is interesting.  It's kind of a choppy looking website, but serves its purpose well.
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Discover Poetry - Poetry Foundation

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Find poems, poets, poetry news, articles, and book reviews. Browse for poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, Maya Angelou, John Keats, or search through 100 years of Poetry magazine in the archive.
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Jessica-Poetry foundation is a great resource for everything poetry. You can browse poems on the website by subject of the poem or you can browse poets by their region or style. There are also resources for articles about poetry, videos of poetry or audio files of poetry. This is a great resource in a classroom because you can find specific poetry you're looking for by poet or poem name. It also provides a way for students to access poetry, not just in a written format.

Poetry Foundation uses the standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.5, Make strategic use of digital media (e.e., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. Poetry Foundation is a way of accessing poetry in a digital form either textually, auditory or visually. Poetry Foundation could be used as another way to enhance understandings of findings if poetry was being used as supplemental material by a teacher or a student.
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The Most

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Cody: This site supports CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

The Washington Post launched this aggregate news source in their website that collects the most popular news stories around the web. Here students can read and evaluate a number of stories from different sources. Not only will they be able to judge the journalistic integrity in comparison to other sites, but they can collect information for use in a research paper. 
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Socrative

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Kyeong - Socrative helps teachers create quizzes, surveys, and exit slips to check for students’ learning “through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation, and visualization” (http://www.socrative.com). It is similar to Kahoot! in that it is a web-based student response system, but Socrative allows teachers to go into more depth for the assessments. Also, there are less multimedia aspects and time pressure, making it more like a traditional kind of assessment and less like a game. 

This digital tool supports broad range of CCSS including: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone); CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.5: Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise, and CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.6: Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
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Let's Write a Newspaper Story!

An exciting, real-life writing course for elementary school students. Kids will love this stimulating and educational lesson and so will you. This lesson will help you make every student successful in writing a newspaper story. Not only will the students enjoy this writing lesson, but the course also supports many of the Maryland State Department of Education Performance Standards in writing. The lesson also supports the Howard County (Md.) Essential Curriculum.
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Veronica - This site supports the standard, "CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.B Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples."

This website is an entire course created by a Johns Hopkins professor called 'Let's write a newspaper story.'  It walks teachers and students through how to create a newspaper, how to look for article ideas, and how to format the final product.  This would be a great companion to reading news from sites like the New York Times or BBC.  Students would get hands on experience and understand what goes into creating a news story.
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Storybird Studio: Creative tools for educators

Storybird Studio: Creative tools for educators | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Free creative writing tools used by teachers and students in 400,000+ K-12 classrooms worldwide. Works with any curriculum or device.
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Mike - This is a website that allows students to upload their written works and use existing artwork (from the website) to turn their work into an illustrated work.  It would support CCSS W9-10.6: Use technology, including the internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage or technology's capacity to link other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.  This would cover most facets of this standard, as a writing product would be published on the internet and linking other information (in the form of art provided by the site), and displaying it.  I didn't sign up and look into how the process works precisely, but it's made to sound like it's very straightforward.  It's also geared directly at the educational field, so that's nice.
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Practice English Grammar - Android Apps on Google Play

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Improve your English grammar with 1000+ questions, 750+ flashcards & 100+ games!
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Jessica-Practice English Grammar is an app that you can download for Android or IOS that  helps you learn English grammar for TOEFL, GSET, IELTS, TOEIC, FCE or CAE tests. After downloading it onto my phone, there is a lot of in-app purchases but you are able to play games, read articles, practice with flashcards or take tests. There are many different vocabulary topics that are covered in the app and you can choose either elementary or advanced level practice. The vocabulary practice comes in many different forms including multiple choice, fill in the blank, etc.
This app uses the standard, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L9-10.1, demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. This app would be great for ELL students in class if there was a specific grammar concepts they were struggling with but additionally could be good for any student if there was also any specific grammar subject they were struggling with.
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What We Do - LightSail

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Kyeong -  LightSail is an educational reading app that is, according to the company website, “designed to scale to meet the needs of every reader and curriculum” to help students become more powerful readers with the “just-right” books. The best thing about this website is that students can have their own personalized library, differentiated and personalized, based on their own reading level with an initial adaptive assessment. Within this personal library, there are books called Power Texts. These books are within a student’s current zone of proximal development and will foster more rapid reading growth. When students read a book in their library, the software quizzes them on the book’s content, and their library adapts based on their newly calibrated Lexile measures and new Power Texts are featured.


This app supports broad range of CCSS including: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.3: Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them, and CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.10: By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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Civics Lessons and EL Civics for ESL Students

Civics Lessons and EL Civics for ESL Students | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
EL Civics Website for EL Civics Students: Civics Lessons, ESL Worksheets, ESL Lessons, Quizzes, ESL Photo Stories, EL Civics Videos, Crossword Puzzles, ESL PowerPoints, National U.S. Holidays, and Pictures. Material for EL Civics and ESL students and teachers.
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Laila- Although this website focuses on EL Civics mainly for adults who will take the required Civics Test to become a U.S. citizen, all teachers can benefit from EL/Civics Online. There are tons of lesson planning ideas and ways to integrate ESL methods with EL/Civics content. With the new Wisconsin State Civics Test Graduation Requirement (starting with the class of 2017), our ELL students will need our support more than ever.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.5 Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis. 
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TED Talks | TED.com

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TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages. Ideas free to stream and download.
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Cody: This site supports CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

I remember a time in high school when I thought that I could educate myself thoroughly with TED Talks. Now that I'm a little bit more mature, I can still see how they engage students in ways that typical teaching often doesn't. These talks are based either of anecdotal evidence or hard driven data, so teaching students to analyze both ways of presenting an argument is invaluable to a liberal arts education.  
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MEL-Con Writing

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MEL-Con is a formula for writing exceptional body paragraphs.  If you have ever been told that your writing is too vague; your thesis is unsupported; or have been asked about the relevance o
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Mike - This is a website that discusses the MEL-Con graphic organizer and how to use it when writing essays.  This would support CCSS W9-10.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.  

MEL-Con stands for main idea, evidence, links, and conclusion.  It is a type of graphic organizer that would help students decide what to put in their paragraphs by fitting information into one of the boxes.  It would help students select what to put by showing that each piece of information supports the main idea.  It also helps the organize the order of their ideas.  It is pretty straightforward and self explanatory, but could come in handy for students who struggle with structuring their writing.
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Khan Academy

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Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
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Veronica - This app supports the standard "CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking."

Khan Academy is a popular online learning site, where users can take lessons in any topic that interests them and are able proceed at their own pace.  Most of the site is dedicated to Math and Science, but it has some really useful videos for explaining and practicing grammar in the ELA classroom.  This kind of resource is helpful so that kids can have somewhere to go when they need extra practice outside of the whole class-instruction, or if they need more difficult work to do.  I have a cousin in 6th grade, and he told me that he likes how his math teacher uses Khan Academy in the classroom, so it would be interested to try to do something in English with it too.
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Create Interactive Online Presentations, infographics, animations & banners in HTML5 - Visme by Easy WebContent

Create Interactive Online Presentations, infographics, animations & banners in HTML5 - Visme by Easy WebContent | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Make Professional Presentations & Infographics Online with Visme's amazingly simple free tool with 1000's of templates & graphics. Publish
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Veronica - Visme is a free presentation maker.  It supports the standard "CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others."

Visme is similar to Prezi in that it helps the user make a more visually appealing presentation than a traditional powerpoint.  There are many free templates and tutorials that make it easy to use.  This could be used for any class project that has a presentation aspect to it, or to have students make educational presentations and share them publicly online.  It also has an infographic making section that I haven't fully explored, but it seems to be user-friendly as well.
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Handouts

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We welcome feedback about these handouts and suggestions for additional handouts. Please email us or call us with your ideas.
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Mike - The handouts section of the UNC Writing Center is pretty self explanatory.  It contains handouts about writing different types of essays that could be a helpful resource for students to get help with structuring different types of essays.  This website would support CCSS W.9-10.1 and W.9-10.2: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence and write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

The downside to this platform is that the information is straightforward, but very dry.  If someone is having trouble finding the subject matter interesting enough to concentrate on, this will be of no help.  However, it could be a great starting point for people who are trying to understand different types of writing.
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CrashCourse - YouTube

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Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel: Hank Green teaches you Anatomy & Physiology; Phil Plait teaches you Astronomy; Craig Benzine teaches yo
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Jessica-CrashCourse is an incredibly fun YouTube page that I have used when tutoring several different times. It is a YouTube page developed by brothers John and Hank Greene. Yes, that's the author John Greene. They have playlists of several school subjects, including literature. Some of the literature videos include Romeo and Juliet and Catcher in the Rye. Every video is less than ten minutes and includes a short summary of certain literary subjects using a lot of colorful visuals. This is a great resource in a classroom because it is one way to review literary topics for a visual learner or to mix up how learning is presented in a classroom.

CrashCourse uses CCSS.LITERACY-ELA.SL.9-10.5, Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understandings of findings, reasoning, and evidence to add interest. This is the standard for this tool because this page uses digital videos which include audio and visual components to add interest to different topics in literature. CrashCourse gives students a new medium in which to understand themes, topics, characters and materials.
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WordPress.com: Create a unique website or blog

WordPress.com: Create a unique website or blog | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Hundreds of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes. Free hosting and support.
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Cody: This site supports CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

Wordpress is a free website building site that allows students a way to build a professional looking page to convey certain ideas. It provides the pressure of publishing work to the public, but it also provides students a way to track which of their published works are creating the most traffic. It also allows for other students to comment on the published works of their classmates which facilitates ongoing conversation about specific topics. 
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Skype | Free calls to friends and family

Skype | Free calls to friends and family | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Download Skype and stay in touch with family and friends for free. Get international calling, free online calls and Skype for Business on desktop and mobile.
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Kyeong - Skype is an application that provides free online communication across the world through video chat, voice call, and digital documents such as images and texts. It also allows the creation of video conference calls. It has recently put a focus on their “Skype in the Classroom” program that helps teachers expand their curricular beyond their schools. For example, students can be connected with international speakers and educators, or teachers can organize cross-county educational projects. 

This site supports broad range of CCSS including: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
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Build and cultivate your own community - Ning.com

Build and cultivate your own community - Ning.com | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
An online service to create, customize, and share a social network.
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Veronica - This tool supports the standard "CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others."

Ning is a site that lets you build your own social network.  There are group forums, as well as individual pages (it's basically like a very small, controlled Facebook).  I know that one chemistry teacher at my high school used this site and a lot of my classmates liked it, since we didn't have any blackboard/online class sites for getting extra materials.  This would be a space to have students write blog posts, or simply post optional articles and links for outside enrichment.
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MLA International Bibliography | Modern Language Association

Founded in 1883 by teachers and scholars, the Modern Language Association (MLA) promotes the study and teaching of language and literature.
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Mike - This is basically a database of articles that pertain to modern languages and literature.  Sadly, an institution has to subscribe to it in order for students to have access, but for the sake of idealism, we'll suppose the students have access in some way.

This would be a tool to support CCSS W.9-10.8: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.  Having used this tool in the past, the big upside in comparison to other databases is that it stays relevant to content area, so you don't end up searching for something pertaining to a novel and end up getting results from medical journals.  The downside is that it can be somewhat clunky to navigate in comparison to other databases.
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Mindomo - Log in

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Jessica- Mindomo is an online website where you can create mind and concept maps using an online platform. You can choose from different base templates and build around them. There is a ton of customization options including adding notes, adding hyperlinks or attachments, adding images, bringing in icons and adding task details. From a style perspective you can change fonts and color. You can specifically customize  each bubble in the mind map with a topic, subtopic and bubble directional. This could be a great resource for a teacher OR students because it has so much unique flexibility to create a graphic organizer that fits anyone's learning needs specifically. Whatever the topic or specifications, you are able to do it with Mindomo.
This website addresses the standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.6, Use technology, including the internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically. It addresses this standard because it is a website that gives you an internet platform to produce a different format of writing that links and displays information in a creative fashion.

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STUDYBLUE | Find and share online flashcards and notes from StudyBlue. Any subject, anywhere, anytime.

STUDYBLUE | Find and share online flashcards and notes from StudyBlue. Any subject, anywhere, anytime. | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Find and study online flashcards and class notes at home or on your phone. Visit StudyBlue today to learn more about how you can share and create flashcards for free!
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Kyeong - StudyBlue is an online collaborative studying platform that allows users to share class study materials of any subject area, create electronic flashcards to study and share with others, and practice quizzes. It allows students to store their notes in the cloud and connect with other students studying the same subjects. It is especially good for students who want to share their study materials and work together.


This site supports broad range of CCSS including: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

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Google for Education: Save time and stay connected

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Google Apps for Education: A suite of free productivity tools for classroom collaboration
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Laila-I use Google Classroom with all my classes at Verona. Students can find all of their lessons and assignments there. Students were allowed to work collaboratively and at different paces because they could pick up and finish their work whenever they wanted outside of class. Students were also able to make constructive comments and ask questions on other students document through the use of Google Apps. At Verona we are Google everything, so as soon as I learned about its incredible features, I jumped in. 
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
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CNN Student News

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CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school classes.
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Cody: This site supports CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

Current events are incredibly important for students as they develop into functioning members of our society, but the fact of the matter is that many students (and, let's face it, adults) don't stay up-to-date with the news. This section of CNN caters specifically to students with ten minute videos on current events around the globe that even offers is own discussion questions! Nothing acts as a better catalyst for discussion than daily goings on in the world. 
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All English Idioms & Phrases - Android Apps on Google Play

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English Idioms, Phrases and Proverbs Dictionary
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Mike - Quite simply, this app is a dictionary of English idioms.  I think that it would support CCSS RL.9-10.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings, analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.  More specifically, this would concentrate on the figurative meanings aspect of it.  It may also fit L.9-10.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings (for the same reason that it matches RL9-10.4.  

I think that this app would be especially useful for English Language Learners, who may not understand some of the idioms used in English, especially with texts that are heavy in dialogue.  i also like that his app has a search bar within it, so if there is a particular phrase that seems like it might be an idiom or is hard to understand, a reader could go into the app and type it in the search bar to see if it comes up.  The downside, obviously, is that it would still require the reader to identify that something might be an idiom (versus simply not comprehending the text) before they would use the application.
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