Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Biography Comics App and the Common Core

iPad App

Read about the lives and achievements of some of the greatest people in history, both past and present, in a 150 page long comic book form.
These comics are educational and fun to read. Instead of boring plain text, give your children a new, enjoyable reading experience that is light and easy to read in comic book form. But even before the children can start, parents won't be able to stop turning the pages, too.

Who? Comics series contains the life stories of 10 of our greatest leaders of today and 19 historical figures of the past. Read and learn about the amazing lives of Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg, Joanne Rowling, Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, Bill Gates and much, much more. 

I bought the whole set 80% off for $29.99 with my own money- but it was well worth it :) I'm pretty lucky that my husband has come to terms that when I want some thing for my classroom-I buy it! :) 

We are reading several different biography comics on our iPad Minis in Daily 5 small groups. Did you know that Steven Spielberg was an unstoppable prankster? He also was an avid television watcher? There are 7 chapters in each book. (100+ pages) Books include timelines. 

Second graders will be working on these Common Core Standards while reading the Biography Comics.  

RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, andhow to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

RL.2.6 Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, 
including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

RL.2.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

RI.2.8 Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

RI.2.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

RF.2.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

RF.2.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

ComicBook! is your FULL featured comic book creation app!

In just seconds turn yourself and your friends into comic heroes or villains. Star in your own comic book adventures!

Realistic comic styling with a wide selection of: image filters, comic fonts, customizable captions, a library of classic comic graphics and dozens of multi-panel page layouts. 

After we finish reading, I have high hopes and big plans for my students to complete their own mini-Biography Comic using the Comic Book! App. 

W.2.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and 
publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

W.2.5 With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

To be Continued.......
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