March 19, 2011

Popplet App in the ELA Class


My sixth grade ELA class recently began a unit on Research Essays. Students will be using the Popplet app to gather/organize notes.


Writing Informational/Expository Text (Session 2)


SWBAT take notes using informational text (Determining Importance).

Common Core Standards:

Reading Standards for Informational Text 6–12

Key Ideas and Details

1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly.

Writing Standards 6 - 12

Texts Types and Purposes

2a. Organize ideas using strategies such as graphics (e.g., charts, tables) and multimedia when useful to aiding.

Production and Distribution of Writing

6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting


Do Now (10 min):
On the Popplet home page, click Make a New Popplet.
Name your Popplet (Write Your Name).
Pick a color for your Popplet.
Once your document is open,click in the center of the Popplet and click T.
Type in title of your topic (i.e. global warning, careers in law)

Mini-Lesson/Shared Reading (12 min):
Teacher will read aloud Amelia Earhart article.
Teacher will model how to jot down the 3 most important facts (in note form) from the article into the Popplet (semantic web).

Guided Practice (5 min):

Students will share 2 more important facts.

Teacher will add to Popplet.

Independent Work (20 min) :
Continue to read your nonfiction texts.
Add 15-20 notes to your popplet.
Make sure to use relevant information only.
Teacher will conduct conferences.

How does the semantic web help you organize your thoughts?

Teacher conferences
Student Popplets

Notes will be categorized into 3 subheadings (organization).

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