Bring Your Novel to Life! 30+ Tips and Web Resources

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” – Alan Bennett

Students struggle to read books and classic literature. One reason is that the language might be too archaic. Not only does no one talk like the characters do, but no one sounds like the way the authors write. Even if some of the language is relatable, many words now have been redefined and mean something completely different than what they did when the book was written. Another reason is that many books we teach take place at a time our students can’t relate to, because the world they live in is connected and has technology and that has vastly transformed the world. However, classic literature has themes, motifs, plots, and characters who have invaluable lessons for our readers as long as they can make a connection. Below, is a slideshow and resources to engage learners with books. If you like these ideas then be sure to check out my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom.

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Tips and Resources

Let them pick the book!

Websites with reading strategies

Digitize literature circles

Literacy websites with quizzes, activities, and more!

Digital book clubs

Virtual Trips, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality

Create a virtual world

Annotate

Book trailers instead of book reports

Visualize with a comic

Character texts

  • In pairs, students text to each other a conversation characters from the chapter might have

Book discussions on VoiceThread

Check out the Trading Cards iOS/Android app by Readwritethink.org

Check out my post with more activities and mobile apps! Once Upon a Device: 20 Reading Activities & Apps

Challenge: Try any of these tips to engage readers digitally.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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