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Google Maps

Google Maps | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Recherchez des commerces et des services de proximité, affichez des plans et calculez des itinéraires routiers dans Google Maps.
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Allison Frankfother
In Google Maps, students can drop pins with private descriptions, create and save personal maps, and explore the world with Google's satellite images. Obviously, this is super handy for daily, practical use, but Google's maps are an amazing classroom literacy tool as well! Students can create a character map, map out a fictional setting using real places, create a literary map of the U.S./NYC/Great Britain... wherever would be appropriate based on the book or class! These real images and Google's amazingly precise mapping software can help give students a sense of how story and place interact, helping them have a better understanding of literature. This support CCSS RL.8.2 (Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text), with an emphasis on how setting impacts your understanding of reading.
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Interactives . Spelling Bee . Grades 6-8

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This site allows students to practice their spelling. Teachers can input their own spelling words and students can challenge each other. Students can also create their own spelling challenges and play with each other! This site would fit with CCSS.L.8.2.
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The Premier Online Debate Website | Debate.org

The Premier Online Debate Website | Debate.org | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Debate.org is the premier online debate website where individuals from around the world come to debate with one another and educate themselves on popular
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Olivia Ramsfield:
Debate.org can be a great starting point for finding topics for persuasive or argumentative papers. It does a nice job representing both sides of an argument and can give students a brief overview of some things they may want to research further. Anyone is allowed to post on the topics, so students will have to use their critical thinking skills to decide what points are worth following up and which ones are not based in fact. This site would go with CCSS.RL.8.5-6 and RL.8.8.
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Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America's most-trusted online dictionary

Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America's most-trusted online dictionary | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
The dictionary by Merriam-Webster is America's most trusted online dictionary for English word definitions, meanings, and pronunciation. #wordsmatter
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Olivia Ramsfield:
This online dictionary (and app) is a great tool to help students identify words as well as expand vocabulary. I personally love the little vocal games that come on the app and the word of the day. I can't remember the last time I used an actual dictionary so I assume students have a similar experience. The ease of this app could help students engage with more difficult texts and be a useful strategy to encourage individual reading. It would fit with CCSS.L8.4.
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Digital Citizenship/Digital Literacy Assessment - List | Diigo

Digital Citizenship/Digital Literacy Assessment - List | Diigo | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Anne Bubnic's List: Digital Citizenship/Digital Literacy Assessment
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Olivia Ramsfield:

Since we were talking about digital literacy last week I thought this tool was appropriate! It can be used as a sort of assessment to test your own (or your students) digital literacy skills. This might be a good place to start at the beginning of the year to see where students are at as we plan our lessons with technology in mind. It can also be useful for teachers to see where they need some additional support! This tool could fit with CCSS.W.8.6 or SL.8.5 as ways to pretest their knowledge of digital literacies to prepare them to complete these standards.
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Student Opinion - The New York Times

Student Opinion - The New York Times | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
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The New York Times offers a new writing prompt each week for students in their readership to weigh in on. Recent prompts have included "What Worries You Most About the College Admissions Process?" And "Should All Americans Receive Anti-Bias Education? "The goal is to comment on the article itself, but it would also be a great activity on pen-and-paper. This activity requires students to think about a nuanced question and present an opinion, supporting CCSS W.8.1 ("Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence"). Additionally, students can see what peers from across the country and world have to say about something, which is a great prompt for discussion. This supports CCSS SL.8.1 ("Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly").
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Shakespeare’s Sonnets » A new perspective on the immortal sonnets.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets » A new perspective on the immortal sonnets. | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Explore, appreciate and understand Shakespeare’s collection of love poems like never before.
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Engaging students with Shakespeare anything in a secondary classroom, let alone reading it, can be challenging. But listening to Shakespeare's sonnets being read by famous actors, writers, and Shakespeare enthusiasts has never gotten easier than with this website. This website is perfect for helping the teacher accomplish CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4, which is meant to teach students how to 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). In the classroom, this website could be used as a way to help students better understand different types of writing styles, language, words, and poems!
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Grammarly: Free Writing Assistant

Grammarly: Free Writing Assistant | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Millions trust Grammarly’s free writing app to make their messages, documents, and posts clear, mistake-free, and effective.
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Grammarly basically does the work of an editor. for you.  A teacher I did my practicum under loves using it for her own writing and is currently looking for the best ways to start incorporating it into her lesson plans.  Using this will help get students feedback on possible grammar, spelling, plagiarism and number of other issues without having to wait for the teacher to read everyone's essays over the weekends and then get feedback on language choices they may already be forgetting about making.  I'm envisioning this possibly being something students use after first drafts and possibly do reflections on the feedback that gramarly gives them.  I imagine this will most strongly be supporting CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.C: "Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence."
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Classkick - Learn together | Reimagine student feedback

Classkick - Learn together | Reimagine student feedback | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Kickstart Student Learning Give quality, real-time feedback when students need it most. Get Started, It's Free
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I personally have not used this app before.  A friend who teaches in the Verona school system recommended it to me.  This app is for creating assignments to be done online and allow students to receive teacher and/or peer feedback while they are still working.  Based on a reading of reviews and my friend's recommendation, the most appealing aspects are 1) the real-time ability to see students work as it is compiled; 2) the chance for students to give/receive anonymous peer feedback.  I'm imagining using this heavily in the beginning of the year/term as students are first attempting to write and defend theses.  As students work on CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1: "Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence," they can be receiving teacher and peer reflection on all of the standard's subsets 8.1.A through 8.1.E.

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Sway - Error

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Sway is an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. Its built-in design engine helps you create professional designs in minutes. With Sway, your images, text, videos, and other multimedia all flow together in a way that enhances your story. Sway makes sure your creations look great on any screen.
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Aaryn Kealty 

This is a lot like prezi, just the next thing that is coming out. The cool thing about it is that I could not only see it being used for like presentations, but also if you are teaching like a newspaper/online magazine club/class and you have students publishing all sorts of different material, I could really see this being a fun tool. I can totally imagine a class I had in high school taking this tool and running with it as a way for students to publish their writing- informative or simply creative. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks

Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Book Creator is a simple tool to create ebooks on iPad, Chromebooks and on the web. Create a book and publish it to Apple's iBooks Store, or share it online with our built-in ePub reader. You can also share your book as a PDF and print it.
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Aaryn Kealty 
I am totally a creative writing nerd and I would have LOVED to have had this tool when I was in school to "publish" my poetry or short stories in a really cool way. In my classroom, I might have students write a creative story and publish it in this format, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
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Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, a Project from Poet Laureate Billy Collins (The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress)

Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed. Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind. They are intended to be listened to, and I suggest that all members of the school community be included as readers. A great time for the readings would be following the end of daily announcements over the public address system. (The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress).
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The simplicity of Poetry 180 is really exciting.  Every time I think about it I feel like George Costanza should be next me endorsing, "180 quality poems, 180 days of school, how is that not great?"  This website is the brainchild of former Poet Laureate Billy Collins.  The website has recommendations as broad as including them in morning announcements for all students and as focused as ways to work them into individual classrooms.  Collins idea on the website for having students select poems and justify those selections.  This would be directly in line with CCSS.ELALITERACY.SL.8.6: "Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 8 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)"
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Seesaw

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Teachers are often focused on the "process" of learning (and probably should be) but parents and administrators are usually only witnessing and considering only the "product" of learning.  This creates some subtle miscommunications, particularly in terms of understanding each others' priorities.   I have been obsessively thinking about this since doing a workshop with Kennedy Center master Teaching Artist Melanie Layne in 2012 (https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/partners/touringbrochure/teacher/Melanie_Layne.pdf).  Melanie taught me a number of ways to create examplars focused on process for parents and administrators.  

Seesaw is one of the best ways to keep parents in the "process" loop that I have come across.  I was first exposed to the app by my son's Kindergarten teacher.  Seesaw is structured to be social media facilitating communication between teachers and parents.  I received daily (sometimes hourly) updates on what he and his classmates were currently working on.  Often it was just a picture with a caption like, "We discussed these materials and what else a plant might need for growth."  Other times there was audio included.  

Honestly, this app can work with EVERY single learning standard.  The idea is that as students progress through different phases of a project the parents get to see each step and understand the process.  For example, if students are working on CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.RI.8.5: ("Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept,") parents can be sent a picture with a copy of the paragraph, later a video (or still picture with audio attached) of small group discussions, even later still the front page of a first draft of written analysis and finally a link to the submitted final essay.  

I envision myself doing much of the submission through October and as the year progresses students taking over more and more of the responsibilities for documenting their work.  
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Google Hangouts

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Les Hangouts donnent à vos conversations une nouvelle dimension en vous permettant de partager des photos, d'insérer des emoji et même de passer des appels vidéo de groupe, le tout gratuitement. Communiquez avec vos amis sur ordinateur ou sur des appareils Android et Apple.
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Allison Frankfother
I know another student in our group has suggested Skype, but I have another way that video chat programs, like Skype or Hangouts, can be useful in a classroom! When I was in college, I took a Digital Literature class where we learned how the internet and technology transforms to way we can create literature, make it more interactive, and so on.  We used Google Hangout to actually connect with one of the authors whose works we studied! It was really cool. We had a chance to ask him questions, get his perspective on what digital literacy means to him, and an hear him explain his thought process in creating his online works. I think it would be amazing to be able to do something like this with students, although probably only a somewhat lesser-known author would be reachable and consent to a Hangout. The chance to speak with a professional in the field of literature could help support any of the reading literature standards, but I;m thinking specifically how students might want to discuss certain lines of dialogue with an author: wondering what a character meant, why they said it the way they did, and how it affected the story. This supports CCSS RL.8.3 (Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision).
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Flocabulary - Educational Hip-Hop

Flocabulary is a library of songs, videos and activities for K-12 online learning. Hundreds of thousands of teachers use Flocabulary's educational raps and teaching lesson plans to supplement their instruction and engage students. Our team of artists and educators is not only committed to raising test scores, but also to fostering a love of learning in every child.
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Olivia Ramsfield:
Flocab can be used to assist in vocabulary and grammar. They have videos, interactive lessons and songs to help students learn different material. I've used this as a supplement to instruction in K-5 and I think maybe 6-8th would benefit from the material as well. They have instruction all the way through grade 12, but I haven't seen much of the secondary materials. You must also have a membership to use the site, so it would be dependent on the school buying the access. This would fit with CCSS.L.8.1-6.
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Whichbook | A new way of choosing what book to read next

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This site helps you choose a book based on interests and other books you enjoyed. It has scales such as happy-sad and you side the tile over until it represents your interests. This can be a great tool to help kids pick out new books to read! It also has a reading level scale to help students pick out books that would be appropriate for their level. This would fit with CCSS.RL.8.5 or RL.8.7
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Data on Campaign Finance, Super PACs, Industries, and Lobbying •

Data on Campaign Finance, Super PACs, Industries, and Lobbying • | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
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This site is all about responsive politics and is aimed to explain things to teens about current events and the ins/outs of politics. I think with the current political climate it is important that we talk with students about staying up with political affairs and learning the ways to find credible information - not only for research and creating great arguments, but because it is important to know what is happening with the world around them! MMSD states that they are trying to make every student college, career and community ready and I think this site can help with that mission. This tool could fit with CCSS.SL.8.2 or W.8.8.
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LINKcat Catalog | Madison Public Library

LINKcat Catalog | Madison Public Library | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
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Olivia Ramsfield:

This tool can be an important way for students to access literature and other materials outside of the classroom. The reason I'm adding this in addition to the free text source I listed previously is because libraries are often the hubs of communities and can be a great way for them to access information and activities such as book groups, polling places, classes, etc. I think it is important to encourage students to get to know their local library and get a free card! This tool would fit with CCSS. RL.8.1 or RL.8.5 as this is one way students would have access to text(s). 
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Digital Collections | Library of Congress

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Search results 1 - 40 of 325.
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The U.S. Library of Congress' Digital Collection contains thousands of original documents related to U.S. history, including photographs of manuscripts and primary source writings, photographs, music and more. Students can browse through the collections to help them understand the historical context and significance of works of U.S. fiction they're reading, supporting CCSS RL.8.4  (Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts). Or,  students might use this a a very trustworthy source as thy research, supporting CCSS  W.8.7 (Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration).
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Doctopus - Google Sheets add-on

Doctopus - Google Sheets add-on | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
An octopus for docs! Teacher-built tool for scaffolding, managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive.
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- enda breadon - 

Doctopus is very popular among the faculty at my practicum school according to one of my supervising teachers.  Doctopus organizes assignments, creating spreadsheets to help track assignments and coordinating those with Google Classroom.  It is an organizational too and not specifically aimed at any standards, but I could easily see a column for standards being created so a teacher can track their focus on standards in each period over the course of a term or year, getting visual perspective on what type of standards are or are not being achieved by particular students and/or periods.  I'd like to set up Doctopus in my classes so that I can see something like, "5th period is achieving well on all the CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W standards we've attempted but not is struggling on multiple CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL  standards; so we should adjust some of our upcoming essays to have oral delivery and reflection components."

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Proloquo2Go : Symbol-based AAC for iOS

Proloquo2Go : Symbol-based AAC for iOS | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Symbol-based communication app for children, teens and adults who cannot speak
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- enda breadon -

Another app that was recommended to me by a teacher-friend.  This app is aimed at students whom have difficulty with written language.  It helps students whom learn better visually by allowing them to have words replaced by symbols.  As I understand it, students can assign the symbols so it isn't like learning and memorizing a new language on top of learning English.  Proloquo2go has settings so it can work with students whose language needs range from basic all the way up to higher academic needs.  Obviously, this is an app that would be used in making UDL type of adjustments, possibly in coordination with an IEP.  I would not consider using this with a student without consulting with a special education teacher(s)/aid(s) that is familiar with the student that may be using it.  I could see it possibly being used daily by some students, particularly in essay writing as the class focuses on CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1: "Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence."

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Kami » Your Paperless Classroom Hero

Kami » Your Paperless Classroom Hero | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
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Olivia Ramsfield: 
Kami is a way to edit PDF's (and other types of documents) for free! I use this tool for creating annotation examples or working through a piece together as a class so I can edit the text right on the document. It is similar to google docs where you can add comments, highlight, etc. Kami is also available to be used like a google classroom, where multiple students can have access to the same materials all at once. I've found it to be successful for students to annotate texts that have small margins - also a great paperless option! There is also a text to speech function for students to use as an approach to help interact with a difficult text. Students can also leave voice comments on a text/document. Besides uploading texts, you can also create new documents within Kami. This tool would fit with CCSS RL.8.1 or RL.8.3.
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NewseumED - NewseumED

NewseumED - NewseumED | Digitial Literacy Tools | Scoop.it
Free educational resources, including lesson plans, artifacts and unique videos support learning in history, media literacy and civics.
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So I am also going to be certified to teach Social Studies and Sociology- this is English related but I am geeking over it as a future SS teacher. You can look at all sorts of sources that are all in this news museum and THEN super cool, if you (the teacher) finds something you want to teach, there are all sorts of handouts and lesson plans available. For students, this is a safe, credible virtual library (if you will) where you can find all sorts of cool REAL things that existed in history. I could really see using this in a dual SS/ELA classroom where the students are engaging with a historic text using both a historian hat and an author hat. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
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InsertLearning

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Insert instructional content into any web page
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Aaryn Kealty


One of the things that I think is really cool about this tool is that you as a teacher can use it too to teach in your classroom. For students, when doing projects and things like that, when students find a website that they really want to use (of course as long as they site it) they can use this tool to basically turn that website into a lesson. So one of the things you could really talk about with kids is how to look at sources particularly websites and decide if they are credible sources and then what from those sources they would teach their classmates. What is the most important information on that website to present? So you could have students presenting what they learned from websites in this format. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
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Practical Psychology

Practical Psychology is dedicated to giving high-quality and informative videos to everyone who wishes to learn. This channel will upload animated boo
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The Practical Psychology channel on Youtube is excellent.  They way they visually and orally illustrate points meet readers with a number of different learning styles.  Each episode delivers significant amount of information is entertainingly delivered buffet style (consume what you want, leave the rest) in less than 10 minutes.  Because of the length, they are good for using within a class and not consuming all of the lesson.  There are a number of episodes that would be great for previewing before doing character analyses (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.").  

This channel also has some great summaries/analyses of informational texts that I am interested in using in my classroom (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.7 "Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums [e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia] to present a particular topic or idea.").  Here is a link their take on OUTLIERS, a book I plan on using: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXCWF60jWvo

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