Earlier this year, ReadWriteThink reissued their popular interactive templates to create all sorts of things, including poems, story plots, timelines, comparison and contrast maps, and more. If you haven’t seen ReadWriteThink in a while, check out these updated templates that can be used for language art, science and social studies lessons.
Essay Maps provides students with step-by-step instructions for creating an informative essay. Some of my students seem to struggle the most to create an introduction and conclusion to their essays. Essay maps to help students visualize the steps needed to build a particularly good introduction and conclusion paragraph. After students have completed all the steps of their essay map they can print the outline of their essay.
Read Right Thinks Crossword Puzzle Generator makes it easy to create your own crossword puzzle. To create your puzzle just write a list of words, a hint for your word and then let the generator create a puzzle for you. You can test the puzzle before printing. You can print blank puzzles and answer sheets from the puzzle generator.
Alphabet Organizer is a small tool of Read Write Think that students can use to create alphabet charts and books. The idea behind Alphabet Organizer is to help students make a visual connection between the letters of the alphabet and the first letter of a common word. Here’s my demo of how it works.
RWT’s theme Poems Interactive provides 32 images for students to use as a basis for writing short poems. Students turn to interactive to write a poem then choose a theme. In each of the five themes students will find related images. Once they have chosen a picture, students are asked to write down the words that come to mind as they look at the picture. Students then create poems from those words. The finished product can be saved as a PDF or emailed to a teacher from the RWT site.
Trading Card Generator is one of my all time favorite templates from RWT. With the help of this template students can create trading cards about people (real and imaginary), places and things. Here is the video I made about Trading Card Generator earlier this year.
Read Write Think’s Word Mover helps students develop poems and short stories. When students open the Word Mover app they are shown a selection that they can drag on a canvas to create a poem or story. Word Mover provides students with a variety of background colors and patterns on which they can create their poems. If the word bank provided by Word Mover does not offer enough words, they can add their own words to the word bank.