Thursday, March 8, 2012

Google Lit Trips--A New Way to Motivate Students to Read:)

Google literature trips are a whole new way of engaging students in reading literature. Google Lit Trips highlight the journeys characters take using Google Earth so that students can "see" the terrain, architecture, etc. which the characters have to navigate through. All along the way, students will see placemarks with information about “real world” references made in whatever book they are reading. This is an example of adding real context to a story and that is a must for ELLs especially so that they can truly appreciate the novel that they are reading.

The free downloadable files cover grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and higher education. The novels covered are found on the SITE MAP. Every item listed there has a downloadable file that covers the novel. Please note that the files are not like Cliff Notes. These files are designed to augment instruction and facilitate a student's understanding of the novel.

Take the video tours of the site here: VIDEOS The google earth one gives you an overview of how GOOGLE LIT TRIPS breathes life into any novel:)


Enjoy your journey:)



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